Monthly Archives: May 2021

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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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha revives a severe covid patient in the slums

Here is a 32 year old male patient who is a known patient of Hypertension for the past one year.

He tested positive for Covid and came to us with difficulty in breathing and uncontrolled hypertension.

We immediately began treatment for Covid, and also corrected his high BP with suitable Anti hypertensives.

The patient is now getting better. Such patients with comorbidities can go downhill rapidly. We would have referred him to a hospital, but again there are no beds. We are watching his vitals and monitoring him very closely.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: The Asha Team and Asha Corona Warriors treat patients at home in the slums

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Patients with fever being monitored by our team and Warriors

Sick patient in Peera Garhi being treated by Asha

Covid patients in Jeevan Nagar on the road to recovery

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Dr Kiran visits Kusumpur Pahadi slum community where Asha is fighting the spread of covid

Hello friends, here are some pictures from my visit to Kusumpur yesterday.

Pushpa saved the life of a dying patient. There are many warriors all of whom are fighting Covid along with the Asha team. Lots of patients with fever and URI symptoms.

Covid tests not being done in government hospitals anywhere in Delhi. I spoke with many residents. They are distraught and depressed because of loss of employment.

The Asha Team and Warriors send you our thanks for standing with us during this distressing time.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha corona warriors in all slums get vaccinated through Asha

Today India has seen its highest ever official cases: 400,000 in the past 24 hours.

There is a huge shortage of vaccines. They were to begin for all persons 18 and above, on May 1. However, in spite of patients being registered, the vaccine is not yet easily available.

In such a situation, Asha has been able to obtain special permission to get all Asha Corona Warriors vaccinated as they are frontline health care workers. Many warriors got vaccinated today and will continue next week as well. The Warriors are immensely grateful and relieved.

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