COVID Warriors: From Providing Medical Equipment To Hospitals To Feeding The Hungry, This NGO Is Doing It All

COVID Warriors: From Providing Medical Equipment To Hospitals To Feeding The Hungry, This NGO Is Doing It All

Along with providing cooked food, ration and hygiene kits to over 6,000 poor families across several states, The Hans Foundation, has also provided ventilators and other medical equipment to hospitals during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
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COVID Warriors: From Providing Medical Equipment To Hospitals To Feeding The Hungry, This NGO Is Doing It AllWith an aim to help the poor and needy people cope with the economic shutdown due to COVID-19, The Hans Foundation has collaborated with various NGOs and state governments to distribute food and sanitation kits and personal protective equipment to hospitals
Highlights
  • The Hans Foundation has distributed over 98,000 ration kits so far
  • COVID-19 has led to a rise in the food insecurity in the country: CEO
  • Foundation has set up over 5,000 isolation beds in Uttarakhand

New Delhi: Poonam Kondar, a 29-year-old resident of village Bhasuda, Ajaigarh Block, Panna District, Madhya Pradesh lives with her husband – Ganesh Kondar, 31 and two daughters, little over two year old Kamla and six month old Akhilesh. Husband and wife both being daily labourers, were unable to afford feeding nutritious food to their children, with their meagre earnings. Their daughter Kamla was a confirmed case of severe acute malnourishment. Even the little earning that they had stopped when the nationwide lockdown was imposed in order to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Poonam said, “The lockdown has been harsh on us. There is no income now. No savings left. My husband got some work in the village last month but only for few days. We do not have a ration card because when we applied, we were not eligible for getting foodgrains under the ration scheme. The lockdown left us in desperate need of food until The Hans Foundation came to our village and provided us cooked meals and ration. There is still an uncertainty about when we will get new employment, but for now, we have no choice but to depend on donation.”

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In order to help families like Poonam’s and many other poor and needy people who have been battling the economic challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic, Gurugram based non-governmental organisation The Hans Foundation (THF), has been working on a war footing since the beginning of the lockdown and has reached out to more than 6,000 poor families across several states. The Hans Foundation was established in 2009 as a Public Charitable Trust with an aim to work in the areas of health, education and livelihoods and to provide financial aid to other NGOs working in the same area.

According to Lieutenant General S M Mehta, CEO, The Hans Foundation, the organisation has so far distributed over 98,000 ration kits including foodgrains, lentils and cooking essentials and hygiene kits that include sanitisers, masks, handwash and sanitary napkins. He further said that organisation has been supporting various state governments by providing them with ventilators and PPEs (Personal Protective Equipments). He said,

There were two issues that we wanted to address initially, first, was to feed the people who lost their means of survival due to the lockdown and then there was a dire need to provide medical and safety equipment like ventilators, PPEs. So, we started a programmes to address both issues, first in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and then soon to almost all states across the country with help of our partner organisations and by making new partners. We also collaborated with various state governments for relief work. We started our relief work with those who were stuck at various places because of the lockdown. During the initial days of the lockdown, we helped almost 5,000 students and migrant workers stuck in Delhi and NCR to reach to their home towns safely. We also provided ration to over 6,000 poor families during the lockdown and continue to do so. In the meanwhile, we also started working on procuring essential medical and safety equipments and providing the same to hospitals and healthcare centres. Our branch in USA with support from America India Foundation (AIF) provided ventilators worth almost Rs. 2 crore to various states from where the requisition came like West Bengal, Rajasthan, Assam and others.

He further said that since the lockdown was imposed, the organisation has provided cooked meals and ration and hygiene kits to lakhs of migrant workers through their own efforts and through the efforts of their partner organisations at the grassroots. While speaking with NDTV about the support received from the foundation in terms of funds, Ranjan K. Panda, Deputy Director and Chief of Programmes, of Child in Need Institute (CINI), a non-governmental organisation based in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, said,

The financial aid received from THF has supported us to reach out to over 34,000 families in West Bengal and Jharkhand. During the lockdown, we were able to supplementary nutrition called ‘Nutrimix’ cooked locally by our staff members to over 30,000 children and pregnant and lactating mothers. Young children and new mothers were the worst hit due to the lockdown because they require a good amount of nutrition but were not getting adequate nutritional care since for over a month, the government programmes related to nutrition were halted in the villages. When finally the ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activist) and Anganwadi workers resumed health and nutrition services, they started sluggishly because being on the frontline, they too were facing a huge risk of getting infected. Thus, they focused majorly on the severely acute malnourished children.

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Apart from the providing the relief material and medical equipments, The Hans Foundation had also supported the Uttarakhand government in setting up isolation camp in Champawat district which shares a border with Nepal and because of the lockdown, a number of migrant workers went to and came from Nepal. It also helped in setting up another isolation camp in Udhamsingh Nagar, Uttarakhand in partnership with the state government on a war footing. Mr. Mehta said that THF provided over 5,000 beds, mosquito nets and 10,000 mattresses and bedsheets to these isolation camps.

On the challenges faced by the organisation while undertaking the relief work during the lockdown, Mr. Mehta said,

We faced huge challenges during the relief work because of the lockdown. When we were setting up the isolation camps, coordination with different vendors for procuring the required items was difficult. We had to run around to get the things and for this running around, we had to apply and wait for passes. Along with this, there were the challenges related to authenticity of the items being procured for the relief work. It was necessary for us to be physically present to ensure that the foodgrains or the PPEs are of high quality. On top of this, there was always a risk of exposing ourselves to the virus while procuring items and during ration and other relief material distribution. And while we tried to maintain as much precautions as we can, one of our staff members got infected with the virus.

As The Hans Foundation carry forward their efforts towards serving those living on the edge because of the pandemic, the organisation has recently ventured into a livelihood project to help the daily wagers and migrant workers who lost employment during the pandemic. While signing off, Mr. Mehta said,

We have to accept the fact that the pandemic is not going to get over soon, as WHO (World Health Organisation) has said on multiple occasions. Those who have lost their livelihood have been living in unimaginable for the past few months and need be brought back into the economy. COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has created a humanitarian and health security challenge. The government of India has set a Commissionerate for the migrant workers with an aim to help them get livelihood within their home state itself and THF has partnered with the states of Uttarakhand and Nagaland for the same. We are now starting projects to provide skills to the migrant workers to help them earn a living in micro, small and medium enterprises.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

19,59,54,660Cases
6,30,45,359Active
12,87,22,004Recovered
41,87,297Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,59,54,660 and 41,87,297 have died; 6,30,45,359 are active cases and 12,87,22,004 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,15,28,114 43,509Cases
4,03,840 4,404Active
3,07,01,612 38,465Recovered
4,22,662 640Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,28,114 confirmed cases including 4,22,662 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,03,840 and 3,07,01,612 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,82,914 6,857

85,913 466

60,64,856 6,105

1,32,145 286

Kerala

33,27,301 22,056

1,50,040 4,164

31,60,804 17,761

16,457 131

Karnataka

28,99,195 1,531

22,592 82

28,40,147 1,430

36,456 19

Tamil Nadu

25,53,805 1,756

21,521 667

24,98,289 2,394

33,995 29

Andhra Pradesh

19,59,942 2,010

20,999 34

19,25,631 1,956

13,312 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,313 87

768 30

16,84,790 116

22,755 1

West Bengal

15,25,773 815

11,370 10

14,96,294 811

18,109 14

Delhi

14,36,093 67

573 3

14,10,471 61

25,049 3

Chhattisgarh

10,01,651 164

2,226 164

9,85,905 327

13,520 1

Odisha

9,72,517 1,703

15,765 65

9,51,049 1,699

5,703 69

Rajasthan

9,53,605 30

268 10

9,44,384 40

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,802 28

274 11

8,14,452 39

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,778 11

130 8

7,81,135 18

10,513 1

Haryana

7,69,828 32

702 1

7,59,499 28

9,627 3

Bihar

7,24,673 76

480 4

7,14,554 80

9,639

Telangana

6,43,093 657

9,314 77

6,29,986 578

3,793 2

Punjab

5,98,947 65

559 24

5,82,102 84

16,286 5

Assam

5,62,731 1,276

14,499 536

5,43,031 1,791

5,201 21

Jharkhand

3,47,049 27

237 10

3,41,686 36

5,126 1

Uttarakhand

3,41,934 60

672 13

3,33,901 47

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,026 160

1,139 15

3,15,511 144

4,376 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,499 116

953 30

2,01,026 84

3,520 2

Goa

1,70,810 81

1,082 48

1,66,586 127

3,142 2

Puducherry

1,20,627 97

923 0

1,17,912 96

1,792 1

Manipur

95,824 1,003

10,922 120

83,392 871

1,510 12

Tripura

77,788 376

3,861 107

73,177 267

750 2

Meghalaya

63,014 541

5,456 124

56,510 409

1,048 8

Chandigarh

61,943 5

36 1

61,098 6

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,142 342

4,301 14

42,617 325

224 3

Mizoram

36,407 1,110

11,610 686

24,657 424

140

Nagaland

27,586 114

1,350 34

25,684 78

552 2

Sikkim

25,856 240

3,117 42

22,406 198

333

Ladakh

20,320 6

64 6

20,049 12

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,642 3

41 3

10,597 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,155 6

76 6

10,029 11

50 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,531 1

7 5

7,395 6

129

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