Monthly Archives: June 2021

Dr Kiran visits Kusumpur Pahari slum community and runs a clinic

Hi folks,

I visited Kusumpur today. The team and Warriors gave me a warm welcome. I was so happy to see the IT Lab functioning, with our university students using it for college assignments, projects and research. The students were telling me how much of a difference it is already making in this digital age where access to the internet through laptops has happened for the first time in Kusumpur. Macquarie Gurgaon has provided us with the funds for this new project. Thank you Manish and Team Macquarie Gurgaon for your kind assistance. I met Amritesh today and he is in charge of the lab. He will make sure that it is used optimally.

At Kusumpur , I ran the clinic where I saw patients with Bronchial Asthma, COPD, Diabetes and Hypertension. Most patients who had been taking treatment from government centres and private health care institutions, had run out of medication and had no access to their health care providers. The health team led by Nurse Practitioner Pushpa, was doing an excellent job of treating all patients as per Asha’s protocols. All patients under her care were feeling much better. Treatment without any cost and good follow up has meant that they are back on track. The Warriors are also visiting them in their homes.

Thank you Friends of Asha for providing us with the resources for medicines, inhalers, nebulizers, glucometers, and all essentials to treat the patients. Some patients are very poor and the team has given them groceries as well as financial help. Where would they have gone without Asha?

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From the ground in India- A Zoom Webinar

Join us from on the ground in Delhi in a Zoom Webinar to hear from Dr Kiran Martin and Usha, an experienced journalist.

They will give first-hand accounts from slum residents and detail the interventions Asha is making to save lives in communities during this pandemic.

Date: Tue, 6 July 2021
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM AEST
This is a FREE EVENT, secure your tickets at- https://www.melbournepressclub.com/article/from-the-ground-in-india

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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.

Donate for Asha’s Covid-19 emergency response: https://bit.ly/2tFvdy3

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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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