Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha treats relapsed Tuberculosis patients in the slums

There were a large number of TB patients in the Asha communities, most of whom got treated. Since Covid has spread in the slums, a number of treated patients have relapsed. They have become sputum positive again and are really sick. Some have been referred to TB hospitals for admission. That in itself is really difficult these days. Others are being treated and monitored at home by Asha.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha distributes grocery parcels to the needy living by the river bed slum

Hi everyone, some of you may have heard of the families living in great poverty on a dried river bed near the Interstate Bus Terminal of the city.

The men are mostly cycle rickshaw pullers who have been out of work for over two months. The families live on mud in temporary shacks. There is no electricity, no toilets, and no roads.

This time I asked the team to invite the local MLA (equal to a US Congressman, or a locally elected representative of the legislative branch of the government), and involve the MLA in the process of handing out grocery bags.

The poor were comforted, they and their children got enough to eat for some days, and an important relationship was built with the MLA, whose wife represented him. She was really happy to get involved. Hopefully she will be able to help provide basic services to the residents who have suffered neglect at the hands of the authorities for so many years.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha provides slum dwellers with essential needs as they face massive unemployment

Hello everyone, both the first and second wave of the pandemic in India have seen massive unemployment among the urban poor. They had not even recovered from the effects of the first wave, when the second wave struck.

The poor therefore have no money for food, for health care, or for rent if they don’t have a shanty of their own.

If Asha had not been there to help them, they would have had to borrow money from money lenders to buy food. The interest rate is 60- 120% per annum.

They would have had to borrow money from money lenders for treatment of illnesses as well. The public hospitals are all only for Covid patients. Private ones are impossible to afford. Without Asha, not only would they have borrowed money, but would have been cheated by quacks and local healers.

Many people would have been thrown out of their homes if they could not pay the rent.

The public distribution system (PDS) is terribly flawed, with about half the urban poor having no access to food subsidies.

Thank you for helping Asha provide them with food, health care, and money, to meet their essential needs. And thank you for helping us comfort them when they are so worried about their next meal.

In the long term, may we help them get on the path of recovery, resilience and self reliance.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha slum communities receive compassionate care from Asha in this pandemic

The Asha family continues its work in the slums through such important partnerships with all of you during this pandemic ravaging the communities.

So desperate are they during these times that they do not have the capacity to provide food and medical care to their families. Many middle class and wealthy Indians have treated them even worse than when there was no pandemic, being apathetic and uninterested in their plight. The poor are already judged harshly by them, and this lack of care adds a further blow to their already compromised dignity and worth.

Compassionate care given with respect to everyone in the community, not expressed as a feeling of pity, but as empathy towards a brother or a sister in distress, must reach out to all. They must feel fully valued and fully loved.

Thank you that we can be co-workers and collaborators in our convictions and in our efforts as we stand with them in their suffering.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Slum communities saved from starvation by Asha

Hello everyone, the team and Warriors are finding many individuals and families that are already in starvation mode or on the verge of starvation because of the extended lockdown.

We are sending groceries and other essentials to them through the warriors.

Many have been eating just plain wheat chapati with watery lentils only if they have cooking gas. They are just not getting more than 400 calories in a day.

So what happens to a person if they continue in starvation mode? Their body tissue will waste away, and the body will begin to feed on itself.

The body cannot regulate it’s temperature, kidney function is impaired, and the immune system weakens greatly. Further, all the internal organs begin to shrink and shrivel. The person becomes irritable or apathetic, and can’t concentrate.

When the body consumes its own heart muscle, disruptions in heart rhythm occur.

Once the protein stores begin to get depleted, death is not far.

Providing grocery parcels and high calorie foods is critical if such patients are to be saved.

We must not let a single person in Asha communities go into starvation. The children, women and the elderly are the most vulnerable.

Together we can make sure everyone has enough food and essentials during this horrendous pandemic. Thank you for your generosity. Let’s keep up the wonderful work.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha continues to distribute grocery parcels to the neediest in the slums

Grocery parcels being given to the poor, the destitute, the elderly, families with young children, patients who have or had Covid, with kindness and compassion.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha team and Asha warriors monitor covid positive patients in the slums

The Asha team and Warriors rigorously monitoring Covid positive patients every day. Patients wait anxiously for their arrival. They and their families live in fear of the illness getting severe and they dread needing a hospital bed. The daily news on television is frightening.

The team comforts and consoles them, explains their findings to them, helps them understand the interpretation of their vitals, and the treatment being given. There is so much relief when patients and their families are told that they are getting better. They are always grateful. Some are upset because they don’t want to become victims of stigma and be ostracized by their communities.

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BBC Radio speaks to Dr Kiran, Asha student Tushar and David Briggs of Discovery Schools Academics Trust

Asha has been associated with Discovery Schools Academy Trust since the past 10 years through Asha supporter David Briggs who has been leading this team. This past decade has resulted in various school visits from the UK to Asha, resulting in a wonderful and strong relationship.

In the midst of this second wave, Discovery Schools of Academics Trust have once again lent their support to Asha’s work by completing a 100 lap challenge in their school field throughout the term. BBC Radio Leicester spoke to Dr Kiran, Asha student Tushar and David Briggs regarding this wonderful initiative taken by young school children.

Thank you to the children and teaching staff of Discovery Schools Academics Trust and Asha supporter David Briggs for continuously organising virtual events and fundraisers to support the work of Asha.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Urgent video update from Dr Kiran Martin on Covid Crisis in Asha Delhi slums

We are continuing to fight a battle with Covid; the crisis in the slums is devastating.

Here is a link to a video recorded by Asha’s Founder and Director Dr Kiran Martin.

This is her most recent update.

We request you to watch it and share it with your families, friends and networks. Let us all work together to save the lives of the poor living in the slums of Delhi.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha treats patients in new slum communities

Hello friends, we have decided that we will reach out to as many other slums in the city as we can and help sick patients who have nowhere to go.

Just as I imagined, our teams already began to find sick patients in these new slum communities.

This is a slum community in a different part of Seelampur. The team treated the sick, spread awareness, and shared contact details with the slum leaders.

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