Early in May, India was in the midst of a deadly, devastating surge in COVID-19 cases. Threatening the healthcare system and already vulnerable families, the need was enormous.

PWS&D issued an urgent appeal for funds in response to the crisis and Presbyterians from across Canada generously responded. To date, we have received over $111,000 to address immediate needs due to the crisis.

Vulnerable families in India are receiving support to deal with the effects of COVID-19.

With our local partner, the Christian Medical Association of India, we are assisting 20 medical hospitals to:

  • Improve and expand the response of hospitals providing care to COVID patients, by providing personal protective equipment, online sharing platforms and community helplines.
  • Support care for the marginalized and vulnerable, with data collection, vaccines, and training of doctors, nurses, administrators and chaplains
  • Partner with churches to support hospitals and communities with training for bereavement counselling.

With partners at the ACT Alliance, support is being provided to communities to:

  • Work with community-based organizations that include local church leaders and community members to address risk prevention, mitigation and vaccine uptake.
  • Help COVID-affected or at-risk people meet immediate needs, including medical expenses.
  • Strengthen hospital capacity by providing needed supplies.
  • Raise awareness of the increased risk of gender-based violence.

Additionally, we are supporting a Canadian Foodgrains Bank project, implemented by Tearfund Canada, to provide 3,620 families with three monthly cash transfers to purchase food and other essential items, such as medicine and sanitary items. The project is prioritizing women and girls and is also supporting government vaccination efforts.