The world is in the grasp of the COVID-19 pandemic, posing significant and indiscriminate health risk to individuals. In addition to the devastating impacts of the disease itself, the mandatory lockdown measures imposed to attenuate transmission has had serious implications on the security and livelihoods of rural communities. Blossom Trust has responded with several emergency response initiatives, ensuring the needs of the most vulnerable communities are met.
COVID-19 is impacting everyone, in every corner of every country. Nonetheless, the hard truth of the matter is that disasters are not equitable in their impact: those who are already facing extreme hardship tend to be hardest hit. Blossom Trust works closely with communities that are marginalised and vulnerable. COVID-19 has already caused severe disruptions in the supply chain, with food availability in rural areas is decreasing, prices soaring and widespread food insecurity. The ongoing economic standstill is having a particularly devastating impact on those working in the informal sector, including sex-workers, and those working for day-wage, including migrant workers and agricultural labourers. Without viable income, individuals and households are left unable to afford food and essential medication.
COVID-19 is a primarily a health crisis. Many of the beneficiaries that Blossom works with also have existing health conditions: individuals with HIV/AIDs, families with TB, diabetes or other communicable and non-communicable diseases. These existing conditions make individuals more highly susceptible to the serious systemic complications of COVID-19, due to a suppressed immune response or poor lung health. Simple measures afford the best protection to susceptible communities - hand washing, social distancing and case isolation.
Blossom Trust has taken immediate action to address both the health and economic implications of the COVID-19 crisis, and will continue to respond to the needs of our community and safeguard the welfare of our most vulnerable. For more information on the specific projects, follow the links below.