Friends of SSCB, EMMS International, have continued to support Christian hospitals and healthcare workers throughout the COVID pandemic. Their work has been impacted everywhere, but particularly at Duncan Christian Hospital, India, and Green Pastures in Nepal.   

India’s fresh COVID crisis has gripped headlines recently, with Delhi’s large, predominantly private, hospitals struggling to maintain their oxygen supplies.  Hospitals that serve India’s poorest and most rural areas rarely make the headlines. Duncan Christian Hospital, in rural Bihar state, is once again feeling the impact of the virus. Dr Prabhu, the hospital’s Medical Director, wrote last week:

“We are again flooded with COVID, and over 40 staff, including myself, are positive. The first three days are quite uncomfortable, but we are all recovering, and some are back to work. I’m sure you are watching the news on TV to get an idea of what’s happening in India. This time around, we were not locked down, and the virus had spread extensively.”

The pandemic is once again a crisis on top of the ongoing critical needs of the local community. Today, Bihar state has announced that it will go into lockdown to stop the virus’ spread. Lockdown will, however, put countless households at risk of hunger, particularly day labourers. 

Nepal is now also declaring a shortage of hospital beds and ventilators. “The situation in India is a big concern, and we too are experiencing a second wave of COVID,” wrote Dr Ruth Russel from Green Pastures Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal. Green Pastures Hospital will once again become an essential part of the coronavirus response. These amazing health workers are resolute in their commitment to serving their local communities and caring for those with COVID-19.

In the UK we are now daring to hope, thanks to lockdown easing and the widespread national vaccination. But we must share that hope with others. With vaccine numbers still low in India and Nepal, their crisis is far from over. EMMS International are seeking our support for their “Dare to Hope – Share the Hope” appeal. They are asking you to support Christian healthcare workers and those they serve. If you can spare a donation today, please visit www.emms.org

“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled the lame, the blind and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you…” Luke 14:13-14.

[from Cat Rawlinson-Watkins]

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