With increasing COVID-19 deaths in India, hundreds of children are being traumatized and left in the lurch.
As the second wave of COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across India with more than 400,000 cases being reported daily in the country, thousands of families have lost their kin to the deadly virus.
While experts suggest that the mortality rate in the second wave is similar to last year’s wave, data shared by the Indian government clearly shows that the ratio of young adults, in the 30 to 40 age group, dying of the disease is higher than the first wave. This means there are more young children losing their parents and some have been left totally alone as their entire immediate family has succumbed to the virus.
How Hope and Homes for Children is responding:
- We are making sure families have the information and understanding they need to stay safe during the pandemic and we will provide them with essentials to give them the very best chance of staying well.
- We are making sure that they have access to the medication they need for at least the next two to three months.
- We are supporting where necessary with cash transfers so they can buy essential provisions to keep their family together and stop children being consigned to orphanages.