This is what healthcare looks like in a time of lockdown and isolation.
A ‘normal’ day at work for health workers like Leena used to include visits to nearby villages to hold clinics. Leena answered questions, assessed injuries, and symptoms, and taught essential health & hygiene practices. She would also communicate via text with doctors at our clinics in the city. Together, they would assess, diagnose, and refer critically ill patients to the hospital.
However, the lockdown in India put an end to those village visits.
As Covid-19 has spread across the world, so has a lot of inaccurate information and fear. Vulnerable people and communities with limited access to support and information, are at the highest disadvantage. Rumors spread through villages about what the virus is, where it came from, how it spreads, who is at highest risk, even how to prevent and treat it. Many who have experienced a lifetime of prejudice simply need a trustworthy person to teach and care for them.
Leena and her colleagues worried about the people they serve and the struggles they would face fighting off illness. Many of them were already afraid to ask for help and did not trust government assistance in times of need.
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With your help, we are planning to treat more than one million children and adults in the next twelve months. Because of our greatly expanded healthcare programs, our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers can care for patients via video, as well as provide your clinics with medicines, immunizations, thermometers, and essential supplies they need.
In this season of anxiety and isolation, our healthcare workers continue to bring peace, hope, and health into the neediest areas in South Asia.
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Stories are real, all names and photos have been changed for protection, and are representative.