The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to batter the world with staggering numbers of people infected and an ever-rising death toll and very large numbers of people critically ill, severely overwhelming the healthcare systems, in every country affected. The communities we serve, the poor, disadvantaged and underserved in the developing countries that we work in, are already vulnerable. The COVID shock, being of a multi-dimensional nature affecting health, social and psychological, as well as economic aspects, is debilitating for them. Of the countries in which Pragya carries out development programming (Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nepal), India, particularly with the second wave, is significantly affected and is seeing an exponential spike in cases, with a new variant and a healthcare system that is completely clogged with an assault of millions of new cases. Pragya is therefore prioritizing its Response to address the pandemic and its fallouts in India
In April 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic in India escalated to catastrophic proportions, recording the highest number of new cases for several days running, and a rapidly escalating death toll with hospitals overwhelmed and limited resources.
India’s second wave came quick and hard and its effects are brutal, with hundreds of thousands of COVID-affected families in severe distress, while healthcare workers and under-resourced hospitals struggle to source medical supplies and treat patients many times more than their capacity. While the pandemic does not discriminate between social classes, entrenched socioeconomic disparities have meant vastly unequal access to healthcare, leaving the underserved communities with which Pragya works in urgent need of healthcare, economic and other support.
Pragya has been delivering critical Covid-19 support in both urban slums and neglected rural areas since early in the pandemic. We have also been preparing communities to mitigate the pandemic- building COVID-awareness, installing hand wash stations in slums, supporting women SHG’s in the manufacture and sale of face masks, training frontline workers in psychosocial counselling (in partnership with NIMHANS, Bangalore), so they can support their... Read More
Pragya has been delivering critical Covid-19 support in both urban slums and neglected rural areas since early in the pandemic. We have also been preparing communities to mitigate the pandemic- building COVID-awareness, installing hand wash stations in slums, supporting women SHG’s in the manufacture and sale of face masks, training frontline workers in psychosocial counselling (in partnership with NIMHANS, Bangalore), so they can support their communities.
As the crisis has taken a severe turn for the worse, we have moved to support local governments who are trying their very best in very trying situations to save people. We are actively sourcing and distributing PPEs to frontline healthcare workers, as well as oximeters, thermal scanners and oxygen concentrators to under-resourced public health facilities. We are serving a large swathe of North India including several districts with burgeoning COVID cases- the towns & cities of Rajasthan, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, and up to Leh at an elevation of 3500 msl.Show Less
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