COVID19 in India is skyrocketing and children are in desperate situations
Words can’t express the pain and suffering being felt in communities in India as they face the current wave of COVID19. The images seen in the general media burn themselves into our minds and so we are showing a different face of the pandemic here. The children receiving help, taking a bag of food home to otherwise possibly bare pantries.
India is now (April 30) the country with the second-highest number of cases, more than 18 million, and hitting a record 379,257 daily cases.
The death toll is also rising rapidly, with India’s health ministry reporting a record 3,645 further deaths reported on Thursday, pushing the country’s total to 204,832.
The WHO said India accounted for 38% of the 5.7 million cases reported worldwide to it last week.
Children’s death toll will increase
The adverse effects of uncertain food security and health issues among children are daunting. According to a Lancet study, malnutrition could have been responsible for 706,000 deaths out of the 1,040,000 deaths of children aged under five in India in 2017. The numbers are projected to go up much higher after Covid-19.
A UNICEF report in March projects that when audited, India will have the highest number of Covid-19 related deaths among children under five, and the highest number of maternal deaths in South Asia in 2020; 29,0000 such mortalities have already occurred in the region. “The number of children who are hungry, isolated, abused, anxious, living in poverty and forced into marriage has increased.
World governments are sending aid in the form of oxygen equipment and medicines. Heart for Kids are giving aid on the streets, where it’s desperately needed by children and their families.
Food distribution steps up
Our 6 COVID food distribution centers can easily provide 300 to 500 food parcels to children in need each week. Families who have lost their income because along with new COVID19 cases unemployment continues to skyrocket.
We can easily help children with 300 to 500 food parcels weekly, if we have the resources.
But we can’t help without help.
We need $20 for each food parcel given to a child and their family. Each week we hope to give 300 to 500 food parcels to local families in the villages we serve in. We are serving the children in these communities in various ways but care for them through much-needed food relief is rare.