How ChildFund India is fighting second wave

Anju Ann Mathew

ChildFund has been working with underprivileged children, youth, and families from some of the remotest areas (mostly rural) of India since 1951. It is now slowly expanding its focus to include urban poverty, where child protection issues and violence against children are prevalent.

Every year, the NGO reaches about four million people from 3,200 communities in 85 districts across 15 states in India, through its long and short-term programmes.

"We provide comprehensive support to children from their conception until they reach 24 years of age by integrating health, nutrition, sanitation, gender equality, disability, education, skill training, livelihoods, child protection, and humanitarian relief work," Rama Rao Dammala, Senior Specialist - Disaster Risk Management, ChildFund India, tells SocialStory.

ChildFund's emergency response is guided by a child-centred approach and ensures vulnerable children and their families/communities are protected from further harm. Its emergency responses provide protection and education for children, as well as restore life with dignity of the affected families.

"During the first wave of COVID-19, we reached out to 1.5 million people, providing them with proper information, relief material, livelihood recovery opportunities, psycho-social support, and necessary medical aid," says Rama.

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Now, to fight this second wave, ChildFund India plans to reach at least 10 million people by providing protective items to frontline workers, vaccination support, food, hygiene, and psychosocial support to the communities, and medical supplies to Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and Community Health Centres (CHCs).

It has distributed medical supplies to over 40 primary health centres and community health centres in semi-urban and rural areas of India. The medical equipment includes oxygen concentrators, masks, non-rebreather masks, BiPAP machines, simple oxygen masks, and pulse oximeters.

Other medical essential items and safety equipment have been provided to 3,000 frontline workers, including healthcare workers, ASHA workers, ANM workers, and other health workers. It is also providing them with oximeters, glucometers and thermometers, aprons, reusable masks, and gloves and reusable face shields.

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