SEEDS joins hands with the Indian Government to fight against COVID-19
New Delhi: SEEDS in partnership with Government of India and state governments of Bihar, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha and Uttarakhand in India is reaching out to the most economically vulnerable people. The humanitarian organization specializing in building resilience among communities is actively working in close coordination with the administration at various levels in each region to respond to the physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the pandemic.
The global outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has affected more than 195 countries. India with confirmed 562 cases and 9 deaths as of yesterday according to the data reported by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is facing a spike in the situation too. Daily wage earners with marginal savings have temporarily lost their jobs and are unable to access food and essential items to sustain themselves. Evidence shows that adults aged 60 years and older or those with chronic medical conditions seem to be at the highest risk of complications and fatality rates. The elderly in old-age homes or living by themselves without adequate support systems face acute challenges.
SEEDS is committed to reaching out and supporting these invisible individuals – the elderly, children, and frontline health workers of the communities who are disproportionately impacted by a coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak in their time of need. The response appeal has been launched towards rapid de-escalation of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 with focus on:
Financial and essential services support to the daily wage earners
Support to the district administration for complementing and supplementing public health systems
Supply of hygiene kits and food rations to marginalized families, old age homes and orphanages
Support to Government for the establishment of temporary quarantine facilities, where needed