Our Response

Our Response
In Times of This Crisis, Children are Not Alone
 
Save the Children India has had a history of being the first responder to any crisis that affect children or their community adversely. The same applies to the current health emergency that has impacted all but some more than the others. All our resources, support staff, partner NGOs, and health experts have joined forces to stand up firmly in solidarity and support of the most affected and children living on the fringes struggling to make their way out of this emergency unscathed.
While we do not know as of now, how long this is going to last, but what we do know is that we will be the last one to leave.
 
According to the WHO Global Dashboard, as of 30 March, 638,146 cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed, and 30,039 deaths have been reported across 203 countries. As the virus moves to low-income countries, most worrying is the impact, it could have among vulnerable and at-risk children and communities living on the fringes of society.
 
Save the Children Response to CORONAVIRUS
 
We have responded to over 12 emergencies since 2008, and we are fully equipped to address this contingency as well. We know what it takes. 
Save the Children has been undertaking sensitization activities across communities; however, through the adoption of ways to minimize the gathering of people. 
We have started mounting a humanitarian response, and around 3000 families have already been reached with relief items food materials and hygiene kits. WASH messages and precautionary and preventive messages are being shared across India. 
 
Our Response Is Currently Focused On Multi-Level Risk-Mitigation: 
 
1. Bringing Immediate and short-term relief, food security, and health & hygiene kits
2. Enabling continued education, health & nutrition, and protection to most affected children
3. Ensuring long-term support for the most affected communities, including mental health for children, livelihood for caregivers.
4. Working with key stakeholders- the government, local bodies, partner NGO's working for the cause of children and policyholders to ensure children's needs are prioritized in these dire times.
 
Intervention Areas: 
All current geographic locations and communities that come under our programme intervention areas along with areas identified by the government as Moderate to High-Risk Zones.
 
 Our Response Is Planned Out In A Phased Manner as Under:
 
Phase 1: Lockdown
  • Explore ways of/ Reaching out to children and marginalized communities with immediate food support at the household level
  • Assessing the impact of CORONAVIRUS in our intervention areas for a comprehensive digital database of our project beneficiaries, stakeholders, groups.
  • All support to government agencies.
  • Educating existing project communities and beneficiaries on CORONAVIRUS messages approved by the government
  • Information dissemination on CORONAVIRUS - diagnosis processes, nearest health facility providing CORONAVIRUS treatment, follow up actions. (Digitally)
  • building measures of personal hygiene & sanitation at households especially for children, girls, pregnant and lactating women and elderly (Physically, socially, mentally)
  • Promoting the right way of handwashing, social distancing, and hygienic behaviors while in communication from person to person
  • Educating and promoting a nutritious diet for children, including girls, pregnant and lactating women, elderly while stressing on the importance of being physically active.
 
Phase 2: Community Outbreak 
 
  • Essential supplies including food to infected/affected households/communities 
  • Exploring the process of embedding livelihood programs: What can be done in the current humanitarian situation to ensure a continued livelihood
  • Partnering with the government health system and other departments - Facilitating Health departments in intervention areas on planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of CORONAVIRUS  Response
  • Planning for Medical and Pharmaceutical interventions including the hiring of Doctors, Nurses, and paramedical staff
  • Supply of essentials like masks, sanitizers and hygiene kits to health workers 
  • Counselling services to infected/affected families and children 
  • Support the Health Department on surveillance and reporting of CORONAVIRUS cases
  • Preventive and promotive health services on CORONAVIRUS response including information to communities on CORONAVIRUS lab tests, nearest health facilities with CORONAVIRUS care, referral, and transportation of CORONAVIRUS patients.
  • Supporting and facilitating in setting up child-friendly quarantine centers at home and isolation centers in health facilities 
  • Support Training of Frontline Health Workers on CORONAVIRUS Response (based on GOI guidelines) through digital/online training modules.
  

Phase 3: Recovery
  • Embedding the learnings of CORONAVIRUS response in our current and future programmes.
  • Facilitating preventive and promotive health services 
  • Building up livelihood, food security, education, child protection in affected/infected communities/households 
  • Building up resilient communities and health systems on preparedness and response to CORONAVIRUS type of outbreaks
  • Promoting personal hygiene and sanitation in communities 
  • Support the Health Department on surveillance and reporting of CORONAVIRUS cases
  • Promoting social distancing and hygienic behaviors while in communication from person to person
  
 

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