COVID-19 and EMWWAA
Covid-19 has disrupted all our lives but our human instinct pushes us, inspires us to come together, and adapt to and adopt a new normal.
NHS Donation: We at EMWWAA are doing our bit to support the people of our community. We created a donation page for the NHS, a small endeavor to support our frontline heroes. The donation page is still active and we welcome your contributions. To donate please click here.
Cardiff University International Students: Being away form family during these times can be a challenging and emotional experience, so our founder, Prof Upadhyaya made sure to enquire about the safety and welfare of Cardiff University’s international students. She phoned them regularly to keep their spirits up.
Social support: Our trustee Vimla Patel has helped people with food and accommodation wherever possible. Temmy Woolston, our trustee has been advising people in her community on queries relating to COVID-19 on multiple issues including medical, housing, homelessness, work, and furlough. She has also provided support on access to food vouchers, shielding letters, promoting small businesses in her area with the delivery of food, promoting charities who are serving the community and, arranging food parcels for delivery. She has also spoken on phone with vulnerable and lonely people through the lockdown.
COVID-19 BAME Advisory Group: We are all well aware that the BAME community is being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Meena Upadhyaya is on the COVID-19 BAME Advisory Group which has been set up by the Welsh Government to help understand the various socio-economic and medical factors involved with the disease and to develop risk assessment tools and guidelines which can help wider communities including the BAME community to protect themselves.
Healthcare Lectures for COVID-19: EMWWAA along with its sister organization EMWWH is proud to have organized a series of online lectures where we invite eminent health care professionals to speak about their lived experiences of dealing with COVID-19 patients. Links to the lectures are given below:
EMWWAA | EMWWH Public Health Lecture (COVID Series: Part 4) (Useful Links by Prof Jonathan Bisson: HHP Wales, National Centre for Mental Health (based at Cardiff University), The Mental Health Foundation, MIND, National Centre for PTSD in the USA)
Useful COVID-19 Links:
Latest Covid-19 Cases in Wales: Public/Headlinesummary
BAME representation in NHS: "Nearly half of NHS trusts report no BAME staff in top management tier, HSJ investigation reveals" by Nick Kituno, Lawrence Dunhill, 30 November 2020.
We would also like to take this opportunity to let you all know that we are there for you, to listen to any problem you might be facing during these troubled times. We are always there to help!
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter and EMWWAA
Silence isn’t an option. EMWWAA shares the sorrow and outrage of the world over the grave injustice leading to the tragic loss of George Floyd's life, along with so many other Black lives.
Many of our members participated in the Black Life Matter virtual meetings. Together we need to chart a way for a better future, a future built on equality and justice.
To our black community in Wales and around the world - we see you, we hear you and we are with you.