“A lethal second wave hits India and surrounding region”

MWF is working in India where a sharp rise in Covid-19 case numbers has caused a lethal, second wave of the crisis.

Covid cases in April 2021 are rising faster in India than the first wave last year, as the newer variants of the virus such as B1617 are a lot more transmissible. 

India has seen a record number of new cases recently, around 349,691 bringing its total to more than 16.9 million right now. It has also reported another 2,767 deaths in the last few days pushing India’s fatalities to 192,311

Hospitals in India are overwhelmed with oxygen shortages.

In response to the escalated crisis

MWF is aiming the following:

  • Distribution of 10,000 safety and sanitation kits, including protective items for communities to use in sanitation work, burials, and other essential activities.
  • Distribution of Family Ration Packs aiming to aid 100,000 poor and needy people

  • Distribution of 500 Portable Oxygen Generators which can be a lifeline in this surge of oxygen demand from health services.
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Last Year Minhaj Welfare Foundation

successfully raised substantial funds for our Covid Emergency response, reaching more than 3 million people. With the regional economies already severely weakened after the first wave, and months of lockdown, domestic resources are now scarce.

All local communities are being urged to take extra care during this pandemic and follow their governments’ official COVID-19 guidelines. This includes:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Washing hands regularly and thoroughly with soap
  • Avoiding touching one’s face
  • Covering one’s mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Putting used tissues in the bin and washing hands immediately
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are unwell.

Across Asia millions of people are crippled by the coronavirus pandemic due to the prevalent poverty. The Pakistani Prime Minister highlighted the issue, saying:

If we shut down the cities… we save them from corona virus at one end, but they will die from hunger on the other side.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation working hard with local partners to provide life-saving food and hygiene essentials in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, reaching extremely vulnerable communities including Rohingya refugees.


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