As the coronavirus sweeps through the United States, closing schools, businesses, and even government offices, the nation's free and charity clinics remain open for business. In Georgia, where nearly 100 of those clinics serve tens of thousands of low-income and uninsured patients annually, the need is severe and growing every day.
Georgia's safety net clinics are on the front lines of fighting not just the virus itself, but the desperate medical shortages that threaten to overwhelm state hospitals and doctor's offices. To wage an effective war - one that we can win - we need funds to pay for supplies, technology, and personnel.
We need masks and gowns to protect our staff and volunteers. We need robust telemedicine infrastructure to provide services at a distance to infected and at-risk patients. We need the financial resources to keep the doors open and to care for an already-vulnerable population, many of whom are plagued by chronic disease and underlying conditions.
Georgia's charity clinics rely heavily on the generosity of individual donors to keep the lights on and patients treated. With many of our most loyal donors involuntarily out of work, our funding has dropped and left some clinics perilously close to shuttering for the virus's duration - and perhaps permanently.
Please don't let that happen. We, the network of Georgia's free and charity clinics, ask for your financial support during these difficult, uncertain times. We ask that you give generously, that the most vulnerable among us might know health instead of sickness; peace instead of fear; and stability instead of insecurity.