Fight Against COVID-19

The global outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has affected more than 180 countries. Caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the outbreak has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As of 26 March, more than 532,000 cases have been reported with more than 24,000 deaths.

In India, as of 27 March 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has confirmed a total of 724 cases and 17 deaths in the country. While India is still in stage 2 of the COVID-19 outbreak with no community transmission of the disease yet, the next few weeks will determine the extent of the outbreak. What is certain is that the lockdown will have severe repercussions in the long term affecting health, well-being and economic activity

The needs of our communities are evolving on a daily basis and our teams are at the frontlines supporting public health and other government officials. Your donations will go towards fighting the spread of the virus, keeping health workers safe and our communities resilient. Your contributions will be allocated as per areas of priority and greatest need in consultation with these officials.

For more detailed information regarding our COVID-19 interventions, please write to Sanaa Shaikh at sanaa@unitedwaymumbai.org.

IMMEDIATE REQUIREMENTS

In the immediate response phase, we are working in areas that are most vulnerable or at greatest risk of spread of disease – hospitals and health workers.

INTERVENTIONS IN HOSPITALS
With the number of people affected by Covid-19 rising every day along with sharp increase in suspected cases, public health centres, government hospitals, private health centres and isolation units will need to be equipped to handle a larger number of patients and visitors coming to their premises. It is very important to protect those at the frontlines – the doctors, nurses, technicians and hospital staff.

Our interventions includes the following:

Safety of Healthcare workers:
Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to healthcare workers in government hospitals, tertiary hospitals and public health centres to deal with the acute shortage of protective equipment. These kits will include N95 mask, 3 ply disposable masks, fluid shield mask with visor, surgical caps and hoods, surgical goggles, waterproof gown, shoe covers, and nitrile gloves. This is necessary to ensure that the staff does not get infected or transfer the infection within  the hospital premises.

Infrastructure at Hospitals
Provision of portable foot-operated or sensor-based handwashing stations at key locations in hospitals, to mitigate risk of contamination. There is no access to handwashing facilities in common areas (one has to go to washrooms for access). Hand washing soaps and sanitizers will be provided for use by all individuals visiting the hospitals. Separate handwash stations will be placed in COVID-19 OPDs for healthcare professionals to use. We will also provide infrastructure like additional tables, chairs and bedding as well as hospital equipment on a case to case basis.

Awareness and Guidance for Patients and Visitors:
The unprecedented footfall at hospitals (especially in government hospital waiting rooms and common areas) means that there is a high risk of further transmission. We aim to install signages and posters with clear directions to all hospital visitors. Setting up of television screens in key locations across the hospital (such as waiting areas), which would repeat handwash instructions, hygiene practices and convey accurate information on identification and prevention of the disease throughout the day. Such awareness will contribute towards our fight against COVID-19 and ease the load on hospital staff.

RATION AND BASIC ESSENTIALS FOR MARGINALISED COMMUNITIES:
Daily wage earners, small business owners and self-employed persons in marginalised communities are already facing the brunt of nationwide lockdowns. With the lockdown expected to last for a minimum of 21 days, and continued restrictions in movement thereafter, they will experience a significant loss of livelihood. We propose to support them and their families through the provision of ration and basic essentials.

Each kit will include items such as:
  • Food items like: Rice (10 kg), Wheat Flour (10 kg), Tur Dal (3 kg), Moong Dal (2 kg), Cooking Oil (3 litres), Salt (1 kg), Sugar (3 kg), Tea Powder (0.5 kg),
  • Bathroom and toiletry essentials like: Bathing Soap (5), Washing Soap (3), Toothpaste (1), Sanitary Pads (1 packet), Disinfectant (1), Phenyl (1).
The contents of the kits will suffice for a family of 4-5 persons for a period of one month.

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` 32021100 of ` 80000000

MID TERM AND LONG TERM REQUIREMENTS

The long term implications of this pandemic have the potential to cripple affected communities. Once the need for social distancing subsides, we foresee a need for midterm and long term interventions to rehabilitate communities and build resilience to any further incidences.

Expected interventions include:
  • Upgradation of sanitation and hygiene facilities in communities such as low-income schools, Anganwadis, community spaces, hospitals, etc.
  • Health education, screening and awareness generation on WASH behaviours
  • Restoring livelihoods of daily wage earners and marginalized communities
  • Mental health support
  • Identification and skilling of community health volunteers
  • Upgradation of health facilities and infrastructure in government hospitals and public health centres.
  • Support of frontline workers including doctors, nurses, public health workers, sanitation workers, police personnel, etc.
  • Nutrition and education support for children to compensate for losses during periods of isolation or school closure.
  • Upgradation and installation of sanitation and hygiene facilities at public areas with high footfall like Railway stations and Bus stations along with awareness generation.
  • Measures to improve hygiene awareness and practices in high-density habitation like in urban slums

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` 29000 of ` 20000000

More Information Regarding COVID-19

For authentic and verified information on COVID-19, its prevention, symptoms, treatment, etc., you can visit the WHO website, the Government of India's Ministry of Health & Family Welfare website. You can also take a look at United Way Mumbai's advisory on COVID-19 here.

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