Child Fund India reaching 10 million in rural India with medical supplies and vaccination support -Project HOPE

Project Hope

India, May 2021: Child Fund India, in collaboration with Project HOPE, a global health and humanitarian aid group, is once again proactively responding to the COVID crisis for vulnerable communities in the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra,Karnataka, Telangana and other.   Project HOPEand Child Fund India aim to ensure availability of basic medical equipment at local health systems – the Primary & Secondary health care centers, which serveas the COVID Care centers, in the highly vulnerable districts of these states, assist frontline workers with PPE and medical essential kits and improveaccess, affordability, and accessibility of the COVID -19 vaccination and related materials for all vulnerable groups.  This initiative is a part of the overall response Child Fund India has devised to fight the 2nd wave of COVID-19 across the 15 states it works in.ChildFund India’s overall efforts are aimed at reaching 1 million people,including children, across 15 states/UTs through vaccination drive and supportat least 10 million people through overall response. In addition, the most vulnerable people are being supported with food baskets, hygiene kits and psychosocial support. Child Fund India is engaging with state and district health departments, corporates and community-based frontline workers to extendsupport efficiently.  To enable India to tackle the pandemic and prevent it frombecoming more widespread in the hinterlands, conducting a large-scalevaccination drive is imperative. ChildFund India and Project HOPE are actively disseminating information material relating to the same, dispelling any myths, tackling misinformation,and undertaking mobile campaigns on vaccinations in coordination with the local governments. Additionally, efforts are being directed towards ensuring a steadysupply of medical equipment and medicines, training of ASHA workers in primaryand community healthcare centers and identifying and addressing the prevalenceof COVID in communities.  Neelam Makhijani, Country Director, ChildFundIndia said, “For the past one year, we have been working relentlessly inthe field, helping semi-urban and rural communities handle the impact of pandemic. In responding to the 1st wave, we reached out to 1.5 million people,providing them with relief material, livelihood recovery opportunities, psycho-socialsupport, and necessary medical aid. By virtue of our presence on ground, as the2nd wave hit the vulnerable communities, ChildFund India collaborated with Project HOPE to ensure that the local primary health care centers have thenecessary medical equipment to save lives at risk. Our next step is to protectour children from the impact of COVID by leading a vaccination drive.” Chris Skopec, Executive Vice-President -Global Health at Project HOPE said, “Now is the time for collectiveaction, and stakeholders from across the ecosystem need to work together and enableeach other to respond to the pandemic. India’s health and critical carefacilities have collapsed, and people are left to die on the streets. This is arace against time to save lives. As our intervention continues, our hope is tohelp India overcome this devastating second wave and be prepared for a possiblethird wave.”

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