On February 26, 2020, Pakistan confirmed its first case of coronavirus. As the pandemic spread around the globe it exposed vulnerabilities of states and communities and posed challenges exceeding the health matters. Pakistan’s already cash-strained economy was stretched to its limits as the consequence of necessary restrictions to prevent spread of the disease. And as usually, those most vulnerable, people who support their families by earning daily wages and doing lowest paid jobs, were most affected as the country went into partial lockdown.
In the wake of daunting challenge, we called upon our tried and tested partners to co-create the solutions that could mitigate the suffering of communities in the testing times. Alight Pakistan effectively mobilized partners and philanthropists to ensure urgent food security for communities in need. We arranged necessary medical equipment through district administration for the safety of frontline medical and para-medical staff. We launched a massive awareness campaign to sensitize the communities about the threat and prevention from the deadly virus on radio and social media platforms, and reached out four million plus people. To cater to the educational needs of children, Alight produced and aired dedicated radio programme for the primary school children to ensure distance learning without disruption in Gilgit Baltistan region. Alight Pakistan helped National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in establishment of 1st dedicated healthcare facility for infectious treatment which was purposefully built to treat COVID-19 patients on the outskirts of Islamabad – with a capacity of 250 beds. Alight Pakistan is currently in the final stages of a comprehensive research campaign conducted to gauge impact of Covid-19 on children’s education.