In the countries where ASIA is present the situation is very critical. The Indian variant of Covid-19 caused a second wave of infections that is even more dramatic than the first.
In these days, India has exceeded 20 million infections since the beginning of the pandemic, with about 350,000 new cases every day and these are only the confirmed numbers. Hospitals are short of oxygen, beds and equipment to cope with this catastrophe.
Nepal has the highest rate of infections ever (over 47% of people are positive to the swab), with more than 9,000 new cases every day, and experts say the peak of the second wave is yet to come. The government has announced that the health system is overloaded and unable to handle this situation: private hospitals reject Covid-19 positive patients who cannot afford to pay exorbitant amounts and public hospitals do not have enough beds and supplies. Most of the population is desperate and fear of a catastrophe.
Listen to Nabaraj Acharya words, directly from Kathmandu:
In Bhutan, the closure of the borders with India has caused the blocking of imports, food stocks are running out and sections of the population already in difficulty risk not being able to provide for their daily food needs.
In Myanmar, the coup d’eta has triggered a wave of violence and great suffering that add up to an already precarious health situation due to Covid-19 and the current unavailability of doctors in hospitals.
In Mongolia, despite the closure of the country since the end of January 2020, Covid-19 cases are currently on the rise. From an average of 200-300 cases a day it has gone to 1400 and the country is again in lockdown. Hospitals fail to meet demands and the infection is treated at home.
In the poor areas in which we operate, where distancing is a privilege that few can afford, the virus runs uncontrolled and relentless and we at ASIA, with our staff on site, have taken action to support the most fragile communities to cope with this health, food and economic emergency.
€ 20 – Covid-19 first aid medical kit (thermometer, pulse oximeter and medicines)
€ 50 – Food supplies for one month for a family
€ 100 – Health center and awareness kit (personal protective equipment, surface disinfectant spray, supply of masks, material for the disposal of infected waste, megaphone)
€ 150 – Contribution for one Oxygen Concentrator