WOTR’s COVID-19 response touched 778,440 people from 155,688 households in 1,132 villages across 42 districts in 7 states. This was achieved across two phases
India is now among the three countries in the world to reach the bleak milestone of 100,000 deaths caused due to novel coronavirus after the United States and Brazil, and its epidemic shows no sign of abating. As COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak unprecedented havoc, we at WOTR are working tirelessly to address the situation across our project villages.
WOTR’s COVID-19 rapid response actions have impacted Over 622,000 people, from 124,510 households in 671 villages across 26 districts in 7 states.
WOTR COVID-19 Relief work – First Wave
(March – September 2020)
Since early 2020, the country has been ravaged by two waves of COVID-19 pandemic, with close to 50 million cases and over 5 lakh deaths.
While the first wave was mostly confined to major cities, the unprecedented lockdowns were accompanied by migrant labour exodus and medical equipment shortages. Poor infrastructure and a collapsing economy, among other things, have shattered the lives of millions. It is in these times that WOTR’s work assumes greater importance.
WOTR, with its presence across the seven states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, worked for the vulnerable communities who were struggling to survive through the pandemic. WOTR and its partners collaborated on all fronts stepped up relief efforts to ease the pressure on the affected families.
The regional resource centres worked 24/7 with community-based organisations, gram panchayats, self-help groups and local civic bodies among others to provide relief and implementation support.
WOTR COVID-19 Relief work – Second Wave
The second wave in March 2021 was severe and wrecked the public health system, resulting in unprecedented fatalities and morbidities due to a severe scarcity of medical equipment and hospital beds. The pandemic spread to smaller cities and rural regions, where medical infrastructure was inadequate and skilled healthcare personnel were few.
During this period, WOTR worked closely with its partners to mobilise informed and measured rapid responses to the pandemic through various modes such as the distribution of essentials, creating awareness, social messaging, generating employment and providing alternate livelihoods.