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COVID-19 Outbreak: AMDA Peace Clinic Food Donation in Bodhgaya, India 13

Publication date:2021-11-19
Tomoko Iwao (AMDA Headquarters)

A pregnant woman receiving food items

The number of unemployment in Bihar, India, has been increasing ever since the COVID-19 infection began spreading. For more than one year, people have been finding it difficult to obtain food items, especially for those who do not own their own farmlands.

“It is indeed fantastic that AMDA Peace Clinic (APC) has been able to continue providing food aid despite the pandemic. However, we should not overlook the fact that there are more pregnant women and nursing mothers with low hemoglobin levels and malnutrition compared to pre-COVID days. This has put childbirth at risk, and I see more babies are born premature or weak,” an APC doctor recently commented.

APC offers financial support to pregnant women who are economically challenged in receiving intravenous iron therapy. The clinic also provides vitamins and other supplements to those who are prescribed.

Furthermore, to help mothers give birth to healthy babies, APC has increased the number of food distribution efforts to twice a month since this September which used to be held only once per month. At the aid distribution on the 7th and 28th of September, daily foodstuffs such as potatoes, onions, lentils, salt and cooking oil were provided to 120 families that are registered with the clinic. Additionally, wheat or rice were given to those who were not receiving the government assistance.

Women waiting in line

An APC staff handing the foodstuffs to a recipient

"With one of India's annual festivals starting in September, people from all over the country will be flocking to Bodhgaya and its surrounding areas. We feel fortunate that those who work as drivers or the shop owners selling religious goods can make ends meet for a few weeks. Although some people are worried about the third-wave of the outbreak, things have been looking good for now. AMDA's long-term food assistance has been very helpful, and I hope we can get back to our normal lives soon,” one of the aid recipients said.

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