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India’s COVID-19 Crisis Requires “mammoth Global Effort”


World Vision is at the epicentre of India’s COVID-19
crisis and stands ready to ramp up its response to the
emergency as it mourns the loss of staff to the virus in
recent days.

The organisation is working in some of
India’s worst-hit areas and is supporting health
facilities and vulnerable families in the wake of a COVID-19
second wave in India.

Due to the urgent lifesaving
needs, World Vision India is now refocussing its COVID-19
response and is set to allocate approximately $2.7 million
NZD for beds and oxygen concentrators in 93
hospitals.

But only a huge global effort can address
the disaster. There’s a critical need for COVID-19 patient
beds and oxygen in most hospitals.

World Vision India
is facing its own challenges – with more than 100 staff
members infected, including two who have died, and a
lockdown – but is gearing up to respond to lifesaving
needs.

“This grim situation is escalating rapidly
and it will take a mammoth global effort to help the people
of India get COVID-19 back under control,” says Franklin
Jones, the head of Humanitarian Emergency Affairs for World
Vision India.

“WV India is networking with the
Government to ensure vulnerable communities can access the
healthcare they so desperately need. We’re working hard in
communities to ensure that people have safe, fast and
equitable access to the vaccine, working closely with
district administrations to support the Government’s
efforts to reach more people.”

World Vision is
prepared to be responding to the crisis for a long time to
come. “There’s the response and then the recovery, and
we will be heavily involved in the recovery phase for these
communities,” Franklin Jones said.

World Vision
India’s National Director Madhav Bellamkonda said the
recent spike in cases confirmed that India was enduring its
toughest phase so far in the COVID-19 crisis.

“It is
imperative that people follow the government’s advice and
the prevention messages aligning with vaccine advocacy that
World Vision India has also been sharing in order to reduce
transmission,” he said.

“But the reality of
crowded cities and mobility of people without
Government-mandated precautions and the emergence of the new
strains has made the control efforts harder and there is a
risk of losing some important gains India has made in the
fight against
COVID-19.”

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