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In COVID-19 Times, This West Bengal NGO Provides Relief To Those Battling The Challenges Of The Pandemic

Along with providing food and hygiene material to over 34,000 families, Child In Need Institute, with The Hans Foundation support, has also facilitated nutrition, health, education and protection services to poor children and women in villages and slum areas of West Bengal and Jharkhand

In COVID-19 Times, This West Bengal NGO Provides Relief To Those Battling The Challenges Of The Pandemic
Highlights
  • CINI’s COVID relief efforts focus on daily wagers, poor children and women
  • It has reached out to 30,000 children and women
  • CINI is running a child helpline to aid children in distress

New Delhi: Arati Mondal, an adolescent girl from Azimganj Junction area of Murshidabad, lives with her five family members. Her father, who is the only earning member of the family, lost his job during the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of this, the little savings that the family had dried up within a few days and the family had no means of buying essentials like foodgrains. In order to help Arati’s family and many other families who were battling the similar challenges of the pandemic, Child in Need Institute (CINI), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based out of South 24 Parganas came forward with relief measures to help them cope with the ongoing crisis. With the aid from The Hans Foundation, a Public Charitable Trust that provides funding support to not for profit organizations, CINI has been able to help over 34,000 families across West Bengal and Jharkhand.

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While speaking with NDTV about the relief efforts Mr. Ranjan K. Panda, Deputy Director and Chief of Programmes, CINI said,

Since the starting of the lockdown, we have been engaged in providing support to the people who have been affected by the pandemic, especially those who are daily wagers or depend on small businesses or working in tea plantations and have lost their livelihood.

CINI has provided ration kits including foodgrains, potatoes, oil, sugar, spices and other essential cooking items and hygiene kits that include sanitisers, masks, handwash and sanitary napkins to the needy families in the two states. Along with this, the organisation has also provided supplementary nutrition to children and pregnant and lactating mothers. Cooked by the staff of the organisation themselves, a low-cost supplementary nutrition item called ‘Nutrimix’ is being provided to 30,000 children and women on a regular basis.

Laxmi Kumari, a 22-year-old member of Dibdih Girja Toli, Ward No.36 of Ranchi in Jharkhand a community leader who helped implement CINI’s COVID-19 relief efforts in the village and slum areas said,

We are grateful to CINI for providing these food packets to the needy and vulnerable families in this community. Today we distributed 68 packets to such families who are having single earning member, elderly people, widow families, migrants and daily labourers. They are devoid of getting the benefits from any kind of government services/schemes. They are neither linked with the PDS system. In this crisis times, such generous help gives hope to people.

To address the needs of children in villages and slums area in West Bengal and Jharkhand, during the ongoing crisis, CINI has been facilitating essential nutrition and health services of the government with the help of Anganwadis and ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activist) to the doorstep of affected families. CINI is also providing interactive study material to children so that they do not feel stuck at one place and can keep themselves engaged. It has been running programmes for the protection of children as well. Explaining the health and protective services for children undertaken by the organisation, Mr Marine Mukherjee, Assistant Director, West Bengal Programmes, CINI, said,

Most of the time, relief measures are focused on providing support to adults and the needs of children are overlooked. However, it is very important to understand that the lockdown has deeply impacted the children as well. In order to protect children and provide them with support, we have been running a child helpline and open shelters. During the lockdown, there have been several instances of children running away from home. There have been some instances of child trafficking too.

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According to Mr. Mukherjee, during the initial period of the lockdown, nutrition and basic health services like immunisation, monitoring of weight of children and others were affected and discontinued at most places. While the nutrition and health services of the government have resumed at most places, he said that CINI staff at the local level ensured that children and pregnant women get medical help whenever required during the lockdown. They also facilitated age-appropriate immunizations and ensure that the families are made aware about the ways to prevent transmission of the infection.

Commenting on the efforts of CINI spanning from providing ration to the families to facilitating protection services for children, Lt. Gen. SM Mehta, CEO, The Hans Foundation said,

Migrant labourers are the backbone of India’s informal sector and micro, small and medium enterprises. The COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown have created a humanitarian and health security challenge. The Hans Foundation along with CINI, are undertaking relief support drives to help the migrant labourers stranded on the streets, waiting to reach home; families in remote villages dependent on daily wages and individuals and families in urban slums who lost their incomes. With the support of CINI, we are able to help 34,000 families in West Bengal and Jharkhand. With continued efforts, The Hans Foundation aims to support these workers by focusing on providing sustenance and creating employment opportunities.

As CINI continues to help thousands of families in West Bengal and Jharkhand, they have expanded their efforts in their parts of the country as well like Assam, Odisha and in North Eastern States. They plan to cover families over the next few months with their COVID-19 response efforts, including the distribution of relief material, Nutrimix, and health and child protection services.

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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

24,06,78,961Cases
20,23,40,977Active
3,34,39,331Recovered
48,98,653Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,06,78,961 and 48,98,653 have died; 20,23,40,977 are active cases and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 4:17 am.

India

3,40,81,315 13,596Cases
1,89,6946,152Active
3,34,39,331 19,582Recovered
4,52,290 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,81,315 confirmed cases including 4,52,290 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,89,694 and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,91,697 1,715

32,230 994

64,19,678 2,680

1,39,789 29

Kerala

48,54,321 7,555

88,186 3,292

47,39,270 10,773

26,865 74

Karnataka

29,83,459 326

9,479 58

29,36,039 380

37,941 4

Tamil Nadu

26,87,092 1,218

14,814 208

26,36,379 1,411

35,899 15

Andhra Pradesh

20,60,472 432

6,034 159

20,40,131 586

14,307 5

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,028 9

119 10

16,87,011 19

22,898

West Bengal

15,80,530 624

7,421 24

15,54,132 634

18,977 14

Delhi

14,39,390 32

320 6

14,13,981 38

25,089

Odisha

10,35,077 443

4,542 68

10,22,250 508

8,285 3

Chhattisgarh

10,05,654 16

183 2

9,91,901 14

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,390 2

42 2

9,45,394 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,290 10

207 6

8,15,997 16

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,684 5

84 12

7,82,077 17

10,523

Haryana

7,71,076 15

123 9

7,60,904 6

10,049

Bihar

7,26,026 5

48 4

7,16,317 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,955 122

3,924 55

6,61,093 176

3,938 1

Assam

6,06,468 205

3,436 46

5,97,082 245

5,950 6

Punjab

6,02,035 27

227 8

5,85,264 16

16,544 3

Jharkhand

3,48,430 7

122 1

3,43,173 8

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,756 9

178 1

3,36,181 8

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,062 95

843 12

3,25,793 107

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,437 131

1,303 5

2,16,414 125

3,720 1

Goa

1,77,522 60

604 6

1,73,572 62

3,346 4

Puducherry

1,27,396 52

585 13

1,24,961 64

1,850 1

Manipur

1,22,737 104

1,422 0

1,19,418 102

1,897 2

Mizoram

1,12,848 249

11,633 1,143

1,00,829 1,389

386 3

Tripura

84,321 16

104 4

83,401 12

816

Meghalaya

82,953 55

845 32

80,673 86

1,435 1

Chandigarh

65,302 3

25 3

64,457 6

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,987 7

140 30

54,567 37

280

Sikkim

31,749 4

174 8

31,184 12

391

Nagaland

31,611 40

248 12

30,689 28

674

Ladakh

20,878 2

36 10

20,634 12

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676 1

4 1

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641

9 0

7,503

129

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