COVID Crisis in India: Supporting the Most Vulnerable

Friday, 18 Jun 2021

“The second wave of COVID-19 has a devastating impact, claiming lives in the community. The widespread infection caused severe sickness in towns and villages of Uttar Pradesh. Lack of information and loss of income added to the agony,”  CBM’s Dinesh Rana in India updated us this week.

Many people are drawing down on precious savings to manage under the COVID-19 restrictions. Many workers who rely on payments through daily labouring have no work and are unable to sufficiently meet their own needs and the needs of their families.

CBM teams in India remain greatly affected by the current lockdown measures. The situation has improved marginally from last month, and some restrictions have been lifted. CBM staff continue to work from home and navigate ways in which they can continue supporting people with disabilities and vulnerable

CBM partners in Assam and Uttar Pradesh are focussing their work on a COVID-19 response and delivering essential food items, including wheat, oil, pulses, oil and spices, to vulnerable people and people with disabilities.

CBM partners are also supporting frontline workers and local health clinics by providing them with life-saving personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves – without which they would be risking their own life and the lives of people around them.

CBM partners are also committed to upholding the dignity of vulnerable women and girls and women and girls with disabilities by providing them with basic hygiene kits, which include sanitary pads.

The latest reports indicate that 3.3% of the population in India is fully vaccinated. In communities where vaccination hubs have been set up, CBM partners are ensuring that people with disabilities and vulnerable people don’t miss out on getting a vaccination. They are linking them with accessible transport to and from the vaccination facilities. It is crucial that people with disabilities have access to vaccines because, not only are they at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, but it will provide a level of safety which will help them to return to work and education, regaining their livelihood.

CBM is pleased to announce that the eye hospital we support in Andhra Pradesh is due to re-open next week after being closed for the past two weeks. While the hospital is re-opening at a limited capacity, it will provide some relief to those people awaiting emergency eye care.

Please donate today so people with disabilities are provided with essential food packages and health workers receive the PPE that saves lives.

Your support will also provide accessible transport to and from vaccination facilities for people with disabilities who would otherwise be prevented from receiving their vaccination.

CBM’s acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) for our projects in Uttar Pradesh and Assam.