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India/Nepal: Malteser warns: The virus is spreading rapidly in neighbouring countries

The number of people being infected with the coronavirus is still rising rapidly in India. Photo: CHAI/Malteser International

More emergency relief needed

Cologne/Rajasthan.  In addition to India, its neighbouring countries are also reporting new highs in new coronavirus infections every day. In Nepal, the number has risen rapidly. Malteser warns: “Last weekend alone, almost half of all coronavirus tests were positive. We have a situation in Nepal like the one we observed in India about a fortnight ago. We see the virus spreading from one country to neighbouring countries. It will only be days before the images we see of people dying on the streets also reach us from Nepal. We have to act quickly now to prevent the next disaster,” says Cordula Wasser, Head of the Asia Department of Malteser International.

Malteser International is expanding its emergency response in India and preparing support for pandemic response in Nepal. In the north-western state of Rajasthan in India, hospitals are being equipped with oxygen and protective equipment, nurses are informing people about the ways the virus is spread and how vaccinations work against it. In Nepal, Malteser International's local partners are informing the population about protective measures against infection with the virus. Psychological support for people is also being expanded.

“First and foremost, we must now ensure that we save as many lives as possible. But in addition to the life-saving measures, we must not lose sight of the psychological burden on people. Many people in Nepal have already seen family members die from Covid-19. At the same time, people do not know how to feed their families and have been completely impoverished by the restrictions. We must not forget these burdens either. We are in urgent need of donations so that we can help these people,” says Wasser.

Malteser International has been supporting the people in India since 2010 and in Nepal since the severe earthquake in 2015.

Malteser International is the humanitarian relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta. With over 100 projects in 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, Malteser International supports those affected by poverty, disease, conflict and disaster, helping them lead a healthy life with dignity – without distinction of religion, race or political persuasion. Christian values and the humanitarian principles build the foundation of our work.

For editors:
Cordula Wasser, Head of the Asia Department of Malteser International, is available for interviews.

Contact: +49 (0)221 9822 7181, katharina.kiecol(at)malteser-international.org


Malteser International is a member of the alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft and is urgently appealing for donations for the people in the region:

Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.
Account IBAN: DE62 3702 0500 0000 1020 30
Reference: “Coronavirus Emergency Aid Worldwide”


Katharina Kiecol
Email: katharina.kiecol(at)malteser-international.org

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