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A woman holds one of 200 dry ration packs distributed by partners EFICOR in Dehli in 2020 to help households cope with loss of income over lockdown.

Coronavirus response: India

Helping vulnerable people keep safe during the pandemic

In India, a second wave of Covid is having a devastating impact. Cases are rising at an alarming rate, and have reached over 350,000 new cases a day.

Over 200,000 lives have been lost to the pandemic in India. Across the country, hospitals are overrun and oxygen supplies are falling short of demand.

Please stand with us and pray for our sisters and brothers in India.

The impact of coronavirus

Across the world, and especially in India, the most marginalised have been hit the hardest. Women, children, Dalit communities, informal and migrant workers, small-scale farmers.

Families who rely on income from a street stall or autorickshaw have been plunged further into poverty and are at increased risk to this deadly disease.

The Indian government has introduced some social security measures to support people whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic.

But much needs to be done to ensure support reaches people who all too often get left behind due to lack of awareness, social stigma and discrimination.

How we're responding

Since the start of the pandemic, working through local partners primarily in four states in India, Christian Aid has supported 130,000 people, focusing on the most marginalised and vulnerable people in society.

reached with life-saving health information on how to prevent catching or spreading coronavirus.
helped to become aware of and access welfare support, including social security payments and food rations.
supplied with food who had been struggling to feed their families.

We have also helped over 10,000 expectant mothers get the healthcare they needed during the pandemic and nearly 3,000 infants get vital vaccinations for other deadly diseases. Reusable masks have been distributed by local partners to 2,000 people to help keep them safe from the virus.

Our partners are working hard to protect the most vulnerable communities in India from the devastating effects of this virus.

But as the situation worsens and cases continue to rise, there is so much more to be done. 

Please give what you can today.

Pray with us

As the second wave worsens in India, we have written a new prayer and set of prayer points so that you may hold vulnerable families in India in your hearts, as a church community and in your personal reflection.  

A woman holds one of 200 dry ration packs distributed by partners EFICOR in Dehli to help households cope with loss of income over lockdown.

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