In the summer of 2020, a wave of coronavirus swept across Kazakhstan. There were a lot of sick people, and immediately there was a shortage of medicines. People rushed from one pharmacy to another, hoping to get the necessary medicine. Even disposable masks were in short supply.
And from July 23, 2020, the public — charitable foundation «Caritas Astana» began a project together with Caritas — Poland — this is the purchase of medicines for patients affected by the COVID — 19 pandemic. Initially, the project was planned to be implemented from 07/23/2020 to 12/31/2020. But then it was extended until March 31, 2021.
This project was implemented in two regions — Akmola and North Kazakhstan. Namely, in Nur-Sultan, Kokshetau, Makinsk, Chkalovo, Shortandy. Parishes, hospitals, a pharmacy were involved.
Thanks to this project, we were able to purchase medicines, thermometers, disposable gloves, disposable masks, hand sanitizers and indoor disinfectants. Thanks to the purchased medicines, assistance was provided to patients suffering from coronavirus and viral pneumonia. We used the remaining funds to help Roman Catholic parishes. Thanks to these funds, parishes will be able (by distributing disposable gloves and masks, as well as by disinfecting hands and rooms) to ensure greater safety of believers during common prayers from contracting the aforementioned serious diseases.
To date, the project has been completed. Thanks to the cooperation of Caritas — Poland and local support, as well as awareness through social networks and messengers, a large number of victims were able to receive the necessary free assistance. This is 190 people today, and about 150 more people will be able to receive the necessary medicines, since they are still available.