As you may have heard on the news, India has been hard hit with the COVID-19. While government efforts have been focused on big cities that catch media attention such as Delhi, and Mumbai, rural areas have been left unattended to. Mussoorie, a hill station located in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, has been suffering drastic effects of the pandemic. The pandemic has also left many daily wage workers with financial constraints. People in these rural areas do not have access to medical facilities and thus a lot of them have to move long distances to get closer to cities just to get medical treatment. If we can bring medical facilities and food to them, it would greatly help them to endure the pandemic.
Where and how will funds be used?
The aim of this project is to provide a COVID relief fund for community members around the hills of Mussoorie. Working alongside the local hospital the goal is to target certain groups who need aid especially with their livelihood being affected. Our research has given us insight to the needs of the hour and how people around the world can make a difference to help those in need. Currently, Civil Hospital is receiving a large number of patients who have tested positive. This recent influx of patients has overflowed into Landour Community Hospital, which needs better resources and equipment to support their immediate community. The breakdown is as follows:
- Community-based: LCH has various teams based in these communities to provide supplies for affected communities. The pandemic has not only caused physical illness, but has caused an economic standstill, preventing many families from receiving regular incomes. The funds will be used to contribute to supporting those communities through these teams with food rations and basic medical needs.
- Medical equipment-based: As the Landour Community Hospital has had an increase of patients, there is a need for various medical equipment which can support both patients suffering from COVID as well as other chronic illnesses.
1) Community-based: 12 Lakhs INR (USD 16,393)
- Dry Ration: 2500 Rupees per Pack (Family of 4)
- Medical Hygiene Pack: 2500 Rupees per Pack (Family of 4)
- Vaccination: 630 Rupees per dose
- Contribution to a Fixed X-ray Machine (1,000,000)