2 Years of Mission Sanjeevani

2 Years of Mission Sanjeevani

  • 01 Sep, 2022

While the presence of the Coronavirus was first known in December 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared it a pandemic only on 11 March 2020. India first imposed a Junta Curfew on 22 March 2020 and then announced a complete lockdown on 25 March 2020.

A medical emergency soon snowballed into a humanitarian disaster. Hundreds and thousands of migrant and informal sector workers were left stranded without money, jobs, and food. With no transportation available, the workers were forced to walk thousands of kilometres to reach their homes. Some lost their lives, many lost their livelihoods. The first wave of COVID-19 put the informal sector workers in focus. During the second wave in 2021, in April and May, the focus rudely shifted to the crumbling healthcare system.

Oxfam India was on the ground from day one. We were in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Delhi, Bihar, Odisha, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and Assam. The numbers speak for themselves.

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