India’s medium-term growth outlook is positive due to a young population and corresponding low dependency ratio, healthy savings and investment rates, and increasing integration into the global economy. India has many long-term challenges that it has not yet fully addressed, including widespread poverty, inadequate physical and social infrastructure, limited non-agricultural employment opportunities, scarce access to quality basic and higher education, and accommodating rural-to-urban migration.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
In July, researchers found that over half of the residents in Mumbai’s slums had tested positive for COVID-19. Here, like so many communities in India, it is virtually impossible to physically distance and community transmission of the disease appears to be active. The number of cases continue to rise in all areas of India with new spikes on a daily basis.
World Renew’s efforts have been focused in eastern India on offering mitigation support. With awareness campaigns in 15 villages, food relief to 600 families during lockdown, and distribution of soap for handwashing, our response seeks to maintain the health and safety of poorer populations who lack access to the resources they need to avoid transmission of the virus.
With the risks high, World Renew partners continue working from home and have postponed all community gatherings, community-based trainings, and travel until further notice. As the country opens up it is likely that the virus will spread – pray that solutions may be found and that everyone will have access to good healthcare. Also pray that the stigma that is attached to the virus will be overcome.