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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Asha team and Asha warriors work tirelessly to get every slum dweller vaccinated

When a vaccination drive began in CR das school located in Seelampur, North East Delhi, our Asha team member Shiv went there to speak to the person in charge of running the vaccination centre. Shiv met with him in person and explained the work that Asha does in the slums, he spoke about our Asha warriors who are working tirelessly every day to spread awareness with their slum communities.

Shiv requested the person in charge to allow our group of 14 slum dwellers to receive their vaccination on that day. However, his request was denied, he was informed that there is a very high shortage of vaccines at the moment. However, Shiv did not give up.

The Asha team in Seelampur had already formed a good relationship with the councillor of Seelampur, Mr Haji Afzal, through Asha’s work done in the first and second covid wave. Shiv went to meet him immediately and informed him of the situation. Mr Haji Afzal informed his team about the shortage of vaccines and asked that more vaccines be sent urgently.

Mr Haji Afzal also made sure to visit the vaccination centre along with Shiv and Asha warriors. He was present there till the last member of our group received their vaccination. Shiv and his team were successful in getting everyone vaccinated in 1 day!

This recent story highlights the dedication and bravery of the Asha team and Asha warriors who are working tirelessly in the slums to get every slum dweller vaccinated. Asha is making sure that each and every slum dweller receive their vaccination immediately.

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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: Anna Nagar MLA visits Asha’s Anna Nagar slum community

Today the MLA of Anna Nagar Praveen Kumar visited Anna Nagar community at Asha’s invitation. He was visibly moved on hearing stories from the Asha warriors on ways in which the community was being given full support during such a hard time. He gave out grocery bags on behalf of Asha, and encouraged everyone to get vaccinated. An existing friendship became deeper and richer. As an influential member of the ruling party in Delhi, so much good can be done for the community by him as we work together. He is a wonderful person and a hardworking and sincere MLA.

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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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