At a time when many people are working from home to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 virus, there are frontline workers and caregivers from the government and non-government organisations, who have to be on duty to ensure our well-being. It is, therefore, our societal responsibility to ensure that their risk is minimised while performing their duties at such critical time.
These workers continue providing essential services such as immunization, supplementary nutrition, growth monitoring, information dissemination about the risk of COVID-19, the vaccination schedule, scanning the potential cases and so on. HAI will reach out to remote and highly susceptible rural, tribal, urban slums, hilly and urban parts of the country.
It is experienced from the ground that often these workers had to conduct surveillance and tracking duty to curb the spread of COVID-19 without enough personal protective equipment which adds to psychological stress and fear of being exposed to high levels of infection risk, hence providing frontline workers with Covid care kits are some of the simple solutions that can potentially alleviate them from higher risk of exposure to the infection and provide much better service to their constituents.
While the COVID-19 preventive, mitigation and vaccination programmes are progressing across the country, India also faced back to back cyclones within a week’s time in the eastern and western coastal regions of the country. Immediately after the cyclone Tauktae causing devastation in the Western coastal states of India, cyclone Yaas devastated the Eastern coastal states of India. These situations are a looming humanitarian crisis in the region, especially in Kerala, which was impacted by heavy rainfalls and winds. The summer rains which intermittently started in March are unusually continuing and heavy damages have occurred to buildings and agricultural fields. While the entire population is affected on various scales, the worst affected by these hazards are the middle and lower-middle-class people, the petty shop owners and daily-wage laborers.
In Odisha, gusty winds, heavy rainfalls and the cyclone storm left behind trails of devastation and destruction at different parts of the states. Trees and electric poles were uprooted, low lying areas inundated while kutcha houses were badly damaged in costal districts of Balasore and Bhadrak. The devastation has made it even more difficult for frontline workers like ASHA workers, Anganwadi Workers, ANM and Gaon Kalyan Samiti Members to extend door-to-door COVID services due to communication and travel disruptions in the region.
With this purpose, HAI is launching this campaign to cover at least 1,000 such frontline workers across various states. These frontline workers will be provided with Covid Care Kits, consisting of a box of surgical grade masks, one box of surgical grade gloves, two bottles (500 ml) of approved sanitizer, two face shields, one high quality oximeter and one infrared thermometer to screen the suspect cases and refer them to appropriate level of care.
With a contribution of Rs 3,300, you can also ensure protecting one such humanitarian worker.
In addition to that, 1,000 absolute poor and displaced families will also be provided with dry ration, personal hygiene material and unconditional cash transfer support.
|Dry Ration Kits||1000||1,800||1800000|
|Covid Care Kits||1000||3,300||3300000|
|Overhead cost @ 5%||255000|
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HAI’s WORK DONE SO FAR IN COVID-19 RESPONSE:
In the first wave of COVID-19 in 2020, we supported 937 ASHA and frontline health care workers in Bangalore and 781 sanitation workers and waste collectors in Delhi with PPA kits.
Commenced three-days training programme for community-level workers on Psycho-social first aid in collaboration with NIMHANS.
Set up oxygen banks in Delhi, Solapur, Maharashtra and Bengaluru with donation support of 20 oxygen concentrators from Mr Manish Mundra and supported 14 number of patients through these oxygen banks till date.
Distributed dry ration and hygiene kits to 201 refugee families, tarpaulin and ground sheets to 79 refugee families for temporary shelter support and, 142 mosquito nets to 71 families with support from Oxfam India.
Facilitating the refugees to get registered on Cowin platform for vaccination. Currently 22 refugees have been facilitated with first shot.
Attended 8 distress calls through Twitter/mail since 1st May 2021 and provided necessary support such as dry ration, milk, medicines, LPG refill etc.
Successfully filed petitions with NHRC to make refugees entitled for Covid19 vaccination, dry ration support and basic entitlements.
Supported a refugee child’s surgery by directly paying Rs 175,000 to the hospital.
Supported a family facing financial crisis due to COVID-19 hospitalisation by contributing Rs 210,000 towards medical expenses.
Distributed 50 weighing machines in collaboration with the Government of Orrisa to 50 blind people for their livelihood restoration. Each of them also received masks, gloves and sanitizer to protect them from Covid-19.