Equip hospitals with vital medical equipment such as oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, beds, diagnostic equipment, oxygen plants, and COVID-19 testing kits.
Provide safety kits, including masks and sanitizers, and food ration to vulnerable communities.
Distribute PPE kits to frontline healthcare workers to ensure they stay protected from COVID-19.
Provide COVID-19 Care Kits to ASHA workers and train them on COVID-19 - to tackle the pandemic.
Work with the government to ensure substantial increase in the health budget to strengthen the Indian public health system.
A devastating second wave of the deadly coronavirus exposed glaring gaps in our healthcare system. The continued neglect of the healthcare system destroyed millions of lives during the second wave. With states across India lifting COVID-19 restriction, the threat of a third wave is lurking around the corner.
We cannot let the devastation caused by the second wave repeat. We need to strengthen our healthcare system so they can provide adequate care to everyone. In addition, we must reach out to vulnerable communities who are still struggling to make ends meet due to loss of income.
Through Mission Sanjeevani, Oxfam India is equipping hospitals to deal with the impending third wave. Frontline healthcare workers, including ASHA workers in rural areas need our support more than ever.
We must once again come together and fight this crisis. Your support is vital for Mission Sanjeevani.
Source: The Inequality Virus – India Supplement 2021
32-year-old Jagadeesh and his brother ran an eating joint in Karnataka’s Sira town. The brothers earned about Rs. 400 – Rs. 500 a day. The lockdown meant zero income for their family of eight people.
Along with our partner on ground, we decided to work with Jagadeesh to distribute cooked meals to migrant workers under our Pathik Project. This way, food was supplied to people walking home and Jagadeesh and his family also had a source of income.
Jagadeesh, with help from his family prepared meals for about 200 people for two days. They prepared the food at home, under sanitized conditions. “The money we got from these two days came at a very crucial time for all of us,” said Lakshamamma, Jagadeesh’s mother. Jagadeesh is now confident of taking on bigger food orders to cope with the pandemic.
Gitanjali Kandi ran a small shop on the footpath, selling fried groundnuts to tourists outside the Konark Sun Temple. Her husband worked has a daily wage labourer. Despite their meagre earnings, the couple were sending both their children to school. However, during the lockdown both Gitanjali and her husband lost their incomes. Eventually their savings also exhausted.
Oxfam India has been responding to the COVID-19 crisis across 16 states. Gitanjali’s was one of the families to whom we reached out in Odisha. We provided dry ration kits and Rs. 5000 cash to her family.
Though a small amount, the cash helped Gitanjali start her shop again after the lockdown was lifted. She bought raw groundnuts with the money and started processing it for sale. She also bought masks and sanitisers to comply with the health guidelines.
Millions of informal sector workers in India have been pushed to the brink of poverty. Although most of them lost their jobs during the lockdown, many workers in the frontlines – waste pickers and sanitation workers continued working.
24-year-old Swati, a waste picker continued picking waste from Pune’s Wagholi Gram Panchayat area. Since the income from waste picking was not enough to support her family, she used to segregate waste and sell scraps. But during the lockdown, with scrap stores shut, she lost almost half of her income and could not make ends meet.
As part of our response, Oxfam India has been reaching out to informal sector workers like Swati with dry ration, hygiene and safety kits. The dry ration includes rice, flour, pulses, salt, some spices, edible oil, sugar, and tea. Each kit serves a family of five for two meals for 30 days.
Oxfam India tried some innovative methods to ensure classes where not disrupted and children continued learning despite school closure. We engaged with School Management Committees and parents to identify volunteers in different villages. With help from school teachers, volunteers were trained to conduct offline classes while following COVID-19 related safety measures.
The volunteers follow a set routine. They teach at the same time every day and conduct recreational activities such as toy making and storytelling sessions, and play games to keep the children engaged.
"This is interesting and very useful, otherwise we would have fallen behind on our studies. Plus this also helps us to meet with our classmates," says Shivani Patel of class 7. Till date we have provided offline classes to over 1100 children across four districts in Uttar Pradesh.
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