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Sense International asks Government to do more about worsening COVID crisis in India

29 April 2021

Sense and Sense International Chief Executive Richard Kramer has sent a letter to government and the editor of the UK’s national newspapers raising concerns about the COVID-19 crisis in India.

At the same time, Sense International has launched a COVID emergency appeal – please donate.

Please find a copy of the letter below.

Sense International raises concerns about the COVID-19 crisis

The current crisis has shook everyone at Sense International – with our teams in India, providing direct support to people with deafblindness and their families.

As the families we support were slowly getting back on their feet, they are once again hit, this time with a more severe and infectious second wave of Covid-19.  Parents who have children with disabilities are forced to stay at home and often miss their daily wage earnings for fear of infection. Many areas have also gone into lockdown situations. It is a situation of fear and helplessness along with loss of livelihood for the families. Some families are struggling to arrange food, medicines and basic nutrition for their children and themselves.

Sense International is rapidly switching our focus to providing humanitarian support. Our families need ration kits of food, medicine and hygiene supplies, as well as accessible information about how to keep themselves safe and mental health support. This is a complete change of focus for us and requires additional resources.  Our team is already going above and beyond in their service, and many have tested positive themselves and/or are also caring for relatives who are seriously unwell with the virus.   

The Government say they recognise  that tackling Covid-19 is a global challenge and is determined to stand with India during this difficult time. We recognise that they have supplied medical treatment, and this will save lives and fight the pandemic. 

However, in the face of a worsening crisis, we are asking for the Government to do more.  We are calling for the creation of a rapid response fund for organisations like Sense International to provide vital support on the ground.

At a time when the Government has been criticised for cuts to the overall UK aid budget, here is an opportunity to demonstrate global leadership with positive, significant action.   

Richard Kramer

Chief Executive, Sense and Sense International

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019