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COVID-19 Outbreak: AMDA Peace Clinic Food Donation in Bodhgaya, India 9

Publication date:2020-11-12

A woman who came to collect the foodstuffs

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to take a toll on the lives of India’s impoverished communities, AMDA Peace Clinic (APC) in Bodhgaya in the state of Bihar has been carrying out a food distribution drive since June for the families of pregnant women that are registered at the clinic.

Because India has been celebrating a month-long festival season, the weekly food distribution (which is held every Tuesday) on 27 October was put off due to holidays following Dussehra, one of the three major Hindu festivals. During this period, APC’s pregnant women and their families, too, visit their relatives to appreciate the festivity. The time also coincided with Bihar’s gubernatorial election in which the food distribution on 10 November was rescheduled as the election results were coming up.

The food donation usually targets 58 families, as well as residents of a nursing home which is run by a former APC staff. The supplies include dal beans and potatoes that are essential to Indian home cooking. In addition, cooking oil, salt and other ingredients are provided every two weeks.

“These days, people gather naturally when Tuesday comes without us giving prior notice,” says one of the staff at APC.

APC hopes to assess the household situations of the beneficiaries and wishes to determine the further course of the initiative accordingly.

APC staff Ms. Anita's talk on current situations surrounding APC's prengant women (below)
    •  Primary Health Care & Promotion of Health Awareness (Promotion of Health)
    •  India
    •  2020
    •  ER & Reconstruction
    •  AMDA Peace Clinic
    •  COVID-19