PLAN INDIA IN ACTION ON COVID-19
Plan India’s response to COVID-19 focuses on reaching out to the vulnerable communities with dry ration and hygiene kits, raising awareness among the communities and supporting frontline workers, medical and paramedical staff with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Our goal is to provide gender-sensitive public health support and humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable families so that the impact of the crisis on children, girls and young women is mitigated.
Working in our communities
Plan India has reached out to 200,000+ families with dry ration and hygiene kits, meeting the urgent needs of 1 million+ people on the ground in 12 states including its 8 sponsorship states – Bihar, Delhi, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand covering 29 districts. To ensure learning does not stop for girls’ during the pandemic, Plan India is distributing 35000+ education kits. Each kit contains textbooks and reference books as per the girls’ grade, notebooks, pen and pencil.
Safety of the field staff, stakeholders, as well as that of the community is of utmost importance to Plan India. Keeping this in mind contactless distribution of dry ration and hygiene kits was rolled out across all its operational states. Read more about our contactless distribution here.
As part of this community outreach, Plan India’s flagship project Ahana worked relentlessly to serve as a bridge between People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIVs) and life-saving Antiretroviral (ARV) medicine to ensure that their treatment is not stopped during the lockdown. Emergency Identity Cards were issued to 379 Ahana Field Officers in 357 districts of 14 states to ensure the availability of ARV medicines and other necessities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. These committed frontline workers supported 28,215 PLHIVs including more than 9800 positive pregnant women by delivering life-saving ARV medicine at their doorstep. Ahana also contributed to the fight against COVID-19 by sensitising people on relevant awareness messaging and reached out to 37,346 families. Read more about Ahana’s outreach during COVID-19 here.
Additionally, while the lockdown made it difficult for the teams to conduct field visits to the sponsored families, Plan India initiated follow-up through phone calls to stay connected with its community members. The teams made daily calls to understand the wellbeing, medical condition and other needs of the families. They also counselled them on the safety and preventive measures around COVID–19. The team reached 45000+ girls and boys over mobile phones. Read more about our outreach over the phone here.
Supporting frontline workers
Plan India stands in solidarity with the COVID-19 warriors and has been lending support to frontline workers and medical and paramedical staff with PPE kits, hygiene kits and hospital infrastructure supplementation. We have distributed 39,000+ PPE kits to ASHA, ANM and Anganwadi workers and 12,000+ hospital staff. 16,000+ frontline workers have also been supported with hygiene kits. Additionally, 300,000 triple layer masks and 100,000 gloves have been distributed.
Together with government stakeholders
Plan India is also supporting the initiative of the national agencies like Niti Aayog, National Disaster Management Authority and Ministry of Home Affairs to name a few. We are also engaging with the local government agencies, civil society organisations, donors and healthcare experts to spread COVID-19 awareness messages among our beneficiaries and provide them with immediate relief measures to keep them healthy and protected during this pandemic.
In partnership with Niti Aayog, Plan India is working closely in 7 Aspirational Districts where it is supporting District Collectors in their initiatives and efforts to combat COVID-19. The Aspirational Districts where Plan India is working include Siddharth Nagar (Uttar Pradesh), Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Hazaribagh, West Singhbhum, and Khunti (Jharkhand), Karauli (Rajasthan), and Muzaffarpur (Bihar).
In Siddharth Nagar district, Plan India has been appointed as the Nodal NGO for responding to COVID-19. Plan India led the planning and monitoring of a coordinated response in the district under the guidance of the District Magistrate and will work in close coordination with the district administration and other local NGOs.
Partnering with the corporates
Plan India is also receiving support from leading corporates, namely Barclays, Reckitt Benckiser, SBI Cards Metso, Eicher Motors, Sandvik Asia Pvt Ltd, and Give India who came forward to provide the much needed humanitarian relief to some of the poorest and most vulnerable families, particularly young girls and women. To know more about our partnership with corporates click here.
SAFETY OF STAFF
Plan India stands for the safety and well-being of its staff even as we continue to reach out to the most vulnerable population impacted by COVID-19. We have adopted new ways of working to ensure that the employees can deliver from home as well as from the office. We reopened our offices in the first week of June with only 30 per cent of staff and adequate precautions are being followed as per the government guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of our associates. While working in the office, the employees were required to rigorously follow social distancing norms, wear masks and protective gear and use the Aarogya Setu app. Plan India offices are now working with a flexible model wherein employees are being encouraged to work from the office on Tuesday and Friday.
Before opening the offices, Plan India organised training and capacity building workshops for its employees and filed staff to orient them on the new ways of working in the unlock phase of the COVID-19. Employees and their families have also been provided special medical insurance to cover COVID-19 as a duty of care by the organisation.
Plan India’s employees are the backbone of the organisation and we stay committed to ensuring that they are safe and cared for at all times.
Plan in media on COVID-19
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