Response of a Non- Governmental Organisation to COVID-19




COVID-19, leadership, partnership, expertice, inclusion, response, agility


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a global impact with local or national lockdowns imposed in 172 countries.  Morbidity and mortality due to the virus has seriously damaged both the health of populations and the economy. Government and non-governmental agencies (NGOs) have been hard pressed to respond meaningfully in the global crisis, the likes of which have not been experienced in recent times. A disability and development organization in India, a branch of a global non-governmental organization, reflects on the challenges and lessons learnt in responding to the crisis. The need to be alert, responsive, and consultative is highlighted.

Author Biography

sara varughese, CBM India Liaison Office and CBM India Trust

Dr. Sara Varughese graduated from CMC Vellore, India and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. She has done her Masters in Public Eye Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). From 2005 she has been working in the sector of disability inclusive development.

Currently country Director at CBM India, she was earlier Regional director for South Asia, and prior to that served the World Health Organisation (WHO), South East Asia Regional Office as programme Manager in disability & rehabilitation for the 11 countries of South East Asia. She was the past  President of Vision 2020-The Right to Sight India.


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How to Cite

varughese, sara. (2020). Response of a Non- Governmental Organisation to COVID-19. Christian Journal for Global Health, 7(4), 14–19.