Tamsul Nisha and her grandchildren wear masks to protect themselves from COVID-19 at their home in West Champaran District, Bihar State, India.

On the front lines of Nepal's COVID-19 outbreak, the need for a vaccine is clear

Dr. Subhash Pandey works in a hospital in Nepal just over a mile from the India border. In normal times, citizens from both countries travel back and forth across the border as work and weather ebb and flow, and Dr. Pandey serves them all.

But during the COVID-19 pandemic, heavily controlled checkpoints have limited movement between the two countries, meaning many people who live on the other side of the border no longer have easy access to care.

"We are the closest hospital for many, including those in rural India," Dr. Pandey said. Because the border is closed, he and other doctors have been using text messages to communicate with people who can't travel more than an hour, on a good day, to get to the hospital.

As Nepal scrambles to respond to the overwhelming need for emergency medical care, health workers like Dr. Pandey have found themselves at the center of the pandemic— doing everything they can to help others while putting themselves and their own families at tremendous risk.

Vaccines save lives

With the support of our donors, Corus World Health is working to make sure Dr. Pandey and his colleagues on the front lines have access to one of the COVID-19 vaccines, and that as many people as possible have the chance to become vaccinated as well.

Around the world, our work to shape and sustain healthy community behavior has helped to prevent the spread of diseases such as Ebola, promote HIV testing and treatment, reduce maternal and infant mortality and more. Now, we’re putting that same experience to work in promoting vaccine uptake in communities around the world, including areas where misinformation and skepticism are common.

Together, we can make sure enough people have the chance to get the vaccine so that the border between India and Nepal can re-open, Dr. Pandey can remain healthy as he treats everyone who needs him and, eventually, the pandemic will finally come to an end.