The current situation in India is critical. Donations and aid are coming in for medical relief, but who is caring for the family carers and the people they care for, through these difficult and dangerous times?

Medical relief is now reaching the cities and we have been heartened by the incredible outpouring of generosity from those in the UK and elsewhere. We know though that aid takes a long time to trickle through to rural areas. We also know that for people with disabilities, those living with long term health conditions and their carers, aid more often than not never reaches them due to their existing isolation and disadvantage.


For this reason, we have taken the decision to launch an emergency appeal which will enable our partners on the ground to provide immediate and targeted emergency support to carers and their families.


Our COVID 19 India Emergency Appeal will provide emergency food relief, medicines and transport to vaccination centres for people with disabilities and long term health conditions and their family carers in India during the COVID19 crisis. Many of these families live in rural and remote areas, which are not being reached by other emergency aid efforts.


  • £15 will provide food and vitamins for a family of 5 for a month.
  • £14 will provide medication for epilepsy or mental health conditions for one person for 1 month.
  • £8 will transport 20 people to a vaccination centre from their rural village so they can have the opportunity to get vaccinated.


Please donate whatever you can to our COVID 19 India Emergency Appeal today. With your support we can help this invisible army of carers and their families.


Our project activities throughout India, Nepal and Bangladesh have all been adapted to ensure the health and safety of our staff, partner staff, the carers we work with, and those they care for. 


Over the past months, we have been finding innovative ways to continue to support carers and their families during these challenging times.


Please take a look at our updates that explain how we have been responding to the COVID-19 situation alongside practical guidance that we have published. 

September 2020

  • Our latest COVID-19 update was published

July 2020

  • We published our updated ‘Virtual Curry for Carers’ toolkit so that people can continue to support our work during these times
  • In July 2020 we released an update on the action we have taken to support carers and their families during COVID-19

May 2020

  • In May 2020 several of our e-news features made references to our most recent COVID-19 efforts
  • A guide on how to spend to quality time with family during COVID-19 lockdown was put together by ourselves and Dr Janardhan from NIMHANS, India
  • A guide discussing 8 ways to deal with social stigma associated with COVID-19 was put together by ourselves and Dr Janardhan from NIMHANS, India
  • The Mental Health Innovation Network published an article outlining our response to COVID-19

April 2020

  • April’s e-news featured our latest news alongside an update on how we are responding to COVID-19 
  • An update was published outlining changes in our COVID-19 efforts

March 2020

  • In March 2020 we issued our first statement about our response to COVID-19