As a new coronavirus variant has challenged the country’s healthcare system, those infected with the virus have struggled to access healthcare including medicine, oxygen, and hospital beds. As the demand has spiked, so have prices for supplies such as oxygen cylinders and medicine, leaving people in desperate situations and many without care.
To tackle this, Manoj says that CARE India is working with the government to ensure support where it is needed most. CARE India’s response to the current COVID-19 crisis includes capacity building of health systems to address future surges; supporting access to and rollout of the country’s vaccination program; and community-based models to build resilience and ease the strain on hospitals.
CARE India and CARE USA have operated a decade-long health program in one of India’s high-burden states, Bihar, providing technical support to the state government to strengthen the health system. CARE India has set up a 100-person high-capacity makeshift COVID Health Center with the Bihar government to provide treatment for those with mild to moderate cases of the virus. A 255-bed dedicated makeshift COVID Health Center has also started operation in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
“COVID-19 is raging through India with devastating impact.”
CARE India is receiving requests for support from other states, including Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Maharashtra. In addition to COVID Health Centers, CARE India is providing necessary assistance to the government-led vaccination program to prevent sharp rises in infection rates.
Over the last year, CARE India has supported 920,000 people with immediate COVID-19 relief such as food and health services, prioritizing women, children, and other marginalized groups such as people living with HIV.
The following photos depict the COVID-19 situation in the country in the last year and CARE India’s recent response.