The sudden outbreak of the Novel Corona Virus also known as COVID-19 has caused severe panic and social disruptions forcing Governments to impose complete lockdowns globally. The virus has affected 198 countries in a span of 3 months.  The World Health Organization has already termed the deadly COVID-19 virus as a “Global Pandemic”. India has also reported cases from almost every state and the Government of India is trying to contain the spread of the disease through a 21-day nationwide shutdown.

In the immediate response phase, United Way India network is working in areas that are most vulnerable or at greatest risk – hospitals and health workers. UWI has adopted a two-pronged approach i.e. preventive measures and relief measures. With the number of people affected by Covid-19 expected to rise in the upcoming days as predicted by The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and ICMR, hospitals, private health centres and isolation units are being equipped with adequate Personal Protective Equipment as it is imperative to protect those at the frontlines – the doctors, nurses, technicians and hospital staff.

As Emerging Needs, United Way India has pledged the following:

  • Break the chain – spread awareness and engage communities via social media to contain the spread of COVID 19
  • Support local hospitals and health workers
  • Provide food supplies, health and hygeine kits