AT A GLANCE
Updates from this quarter
Adolescents in Tonk ready to take on childhood pneumonia
Adolescent girls have been trained on Childhood Pneumonia Management under Project Vishwaas in Tonk, Rajasthan. The training seeks to engage youth champions to work in close coordination with Front Line Health Workers and raise community-level awareness management of childhood pneumonia cases. These youth advocates will also take the messages to schools and madrasas of the intervention areas using simple interactive techniques and games.
Community cadres continue to reach the last mile in WB
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Over 2500 individuals have been linked to different social security schemes and services by the 14 community cadres in Mandir Bazar and Pathar Pratima block in South 24 Parganas in West Bengal. The schemes include SC/ST/OBC certificates, ensuring job cards to migrant labours, ration cards, health insurance cards (Swasthya Sathi cards in WB).
These community cadres have also identified 3 high risk cases including substance abuse, trafficking, and early marriage along with 14 medium-risk case and 1 low-risk case. The cases have been referred to respective authorities including Child Welfare Committee (CWC), District Child Protection Unit (DCPU), and police.
Smartpur digital centres converted to vaccine registration centres
In one of the best examples of adaptation, the digital centres established in villages in Nellore in Karnataka, Dhemaji in Assam and Dungarpur in Rajasthan under the Smartpur project supported by NOKIA have been converted to COVID vaccine registration centres for the digitally dark areas.
These centres are otherwise used to do online formalities for linkages to social protection schemes. More than 7 thousand people have been supported for registration so far in these centres.
Dedicated paediatrics COVID care units set up across states
To gear up for the third wave that is likely to impact children as per many estimates, Save the Children in collaboration with other civil society entities and municipalities has established dedicated pediatrics COVID care units across states.
A 40 bedded dedicated unit has been prepared for children in the 220 bedded Dr. Babadaheb Ambedkar COVID care center in Pune, Maharashtra in collaboration with NGO partners like Oxfam India, Give India, Quick Heal CSR initiative, and Government and statutory bodies like Pune Municipal Corporation, and Centre for Youth Development and Activities (CYDA) among others.
Child-friendly ward in Sadar hospital in Gumla, Jharkhand has been provided with oxygen concentrators. Along with medical care, these wards also accommodate scopes for easy psycho-social stimulation and recreation for children through a child-friendly environment created with games, books, toys, walls painted with cartoons. Community Health Centres (CHC) at Charda, Motipur, Bhangaha, Sonawa blocks of Srawasti districts, Uttar Pradesh have been upgraded with infrastructure support to handle COVID cases. CHC Payagpur has been converted into a COVID care center with all medical and non-medical infrastructure support.