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AMDA Peace Clinic: Resumed services partially since July 2021

Publication date:2021-10-15
 

A girl who came to collect food items
for her mother

As COVID-19 had resurged in India since the beginning of April, AMDA Peace Clinic (APC) in Bodhgaya in the state of Bihar was forced to close temporarily from late April to early July. Accordingly, APC suspended its food distribution which required face-to-face interaction.

On the other hand, APC did what it could to continue offering maternal health care services to pregnant women in the locality. Instead of its regular in-person consultations, APC’s local staff responded to their inquiries by phone, and recommended them to seek treatment at nearby clinics as needed.

On 5 July, after the state-wide lockdown was lifted in stages, APC resumed its monthly food distribution and twice-monthly maternal health checkups. In particular, the food aid was much expected as many women had been facing financial difficulties.
 

Maternal health checkups after
the resumption in July

The resumed food distribution drive

  
"While the annual rice planting has started in the countryside of Bodhgaya, the economic recovery in the city area hasn’t caught on as tourism, the main industry, is yet to return. Stores are sparsely open due to the lack of customers,” an APC staff said.

“People who are willing to work but are unable to find jobs stay at home all day. The local economy seems much worse in urban areas as food prices hiked four times because of the rise in oil prices. Unlike the countryside, city dwellers also need to pay in cash when purchasing food items. For these reasons, it is fair to say that a lot of families need to rely on food aid from various organizations including ours.”

 

The annual rice plating

Many of the local shops remaining closed


In light of such circumstances, APC is planning to carry on with its aid distribution efforts for the time being.
 

    •  Primary Health Care & Promotion of Health Awareness (Promotion of Health)
    •  India
    •  2021
    •  AMDA Peace Clinic
    •  COVID-19

 
 
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