PLAN INDIA IN ACTION ON COVID-19

As an organisation of global and national relevance working for both social development and humanitarian outcomes, Plan India is committed to making its best efforts to promote mass awareness, particularly among girls, young women, children and vulnerable youth, against the spread of the Novel Coronavirus in India.

Plan India’s response focuses on communicating public health information, distributing hygiene kits, dry ration kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) while ensuring that the needs and rights of girls and young women are addressed.

Through our outreach, Plan India has reached out to 50,000 families, meeting the urgent needs of 200,000 people on the ground. We are committed to reaching 50,000 more families with dry ration and hygiene kits. 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 local government agencies, civil society organisations, donors and healthcare experts to ensure that correct messages and immediate relief measures reach our beneficiaries to keep them healthy and protected during this pandemic.

Plan India on-ground response until June 1

  We are at the same time continuously monitoring the impact on our operations, placing utmost importance on the safety and well-being of our staff and communities. We are following public health guidance issued by national governments and the World Health Organization.

Goal: To provide gender-sensitive public health and humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable families so that the impact of the crisis on children, girls and young women is minimised and mitigated.

Detailed information about Plan India’s response to COVID-19

Working in our communities

Reaching the most marginalised in Plan India’s sponsorship states

Plan India has initiated COVID-19 response in its 8 sponsorship states – Bihar, Delhi, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand covering 29 districts. We have reached out 6000+ marginalised families in each of these states with dry ration and hygiene kits.

While the lockdown has made it difficult for the teams to conduct field visits to the sponsored families, Plan India has initiated follow-up through phone calls to stay connected with its community members. The teams are making daily calls to understand the wellbeing, medical condition and other needs of the families. They also counsel them about the safety and preventive measures around COVID–19. Until May 31, Plan India team has reached 40000+ girls and boys over mobile phones.

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Extending support to around 100,000 people in 7 Aspirational Districts

Continuing our 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 districtPlan India has been appointed as the Nodal NGO for responding to COVID-19. Plan India will lead 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.

Letter from District Magistrate Siddharth Nagar appointing Plan India as the Nodal NGO

Other major activities which we are undertaking include:

  • We are actively creating awareness on COVID-19 among girls, young women, children, their families and other stakeholders like frontline workers and doctors through factual information. Following the government directive of social distancing, the content (video tutorials, posters, leaflets) is being disseminated through digital platforms and mobiles. As of now, more than 100,000 people have been reached.
  • In consultation with the district administrations, Plan India has till now distributed 8000+ dry ration and hygiene kits to the most marginalised and vulnerable people.

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In Photos: Plan India’s on-ground response

   

Reaching out to 3000 families in Pune, Maharashtra and Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Supported by Eicher Motors Limited, in phase 1, we have delivered dry ration and PPE kits to 1,500 vulnerable families whose livelihoods have been severely impacted by the lockdown across Pune and Bhubaneswar.

In phase 2, we are reaching out to 1,500 vulnerable families in Bhubaneswar.

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Supplying protection kits in Nandurbar and Amravati, Maharashtra

Supported by Reckitt Benckiser, Plan India’s Nutrition India Programme is supporting the district administration of Nandurbar and Amravati. We have facilitated 500 PPE kits, 500 N95 masks, 10 infra-red thermometers and 1000 alcohol-based hand rubs for the medical and paramedical staff in the district and rural hospitals who are working closely with the COVID-19 patients.

Plan India has also supported the paramedical staff and frontline workers in 61 sub-centres and 417 Anganwadis with 6000 triple layer masks and 50,000 bottles of handwashing liquid. We have distributed 150,000 handwashing liquid among the communities living in the remote villages of Amravati and Nandurbar. Apart from this, 41 Community Nutrition Workers under the programme are raising awareness on COVID-19 while keeping a tab on the undernourished children in the areas.

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Reaching out to 1184 vulnerable families in Alwar, Rajasthan

Supported by Metso India, Plan India has facilitated the distribution of dry ration kits and hygiene kits to 1184 vulnerable families. We are also supplying PPE and hygiene kits to 10 partner frontline workers in Alwar who will be assisting in the distribution.

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Reaching the most marginalised in Haridwar, Uttarakhand In partnership with Relaxo Foundation and supporting our work in the Aspirational Districts, Plan India has reached out to the most marginalised families in Haridwar. We have till now distributed 700 dry ration and hygiene kits in the district.

ICU beds for district hospital of Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand

Plan India has facilitated 2 fully motorised beds for Intensive Care Unit of Udham Singh Nagar for treatment of those infected by COVID-19.

Ensuring uninterrupted HIV treatment for pregnant women and mothers

Plan India’s flagship project Ahana is working relentlessly to serve as a bridge between pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS and life-saving Antiretroviral (ARV) medicine to ensure that their treatment is not stopped during the lockdown. Emergency Identity Cards have been issued to 371 Ahana Field Officers who are working in 357 districts of 14 states to ensure availability of ARV medicines and other necessities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. These committed frontline workers have so far supported 20,257 People Living with HIV (PLHIV), and more than 7400 positive pregnant women by delivering life-saving ARV medicine at their doorstep. Ahana is also contributing to the fight against COVID-19 by sensitising people on relevant awareness messaging and has reached out to 25,824 families.

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SAFETY OF STAFF

We are closely monitoring the current situation of the Coronavirus pandemic with regards to our operations in India as the safety and well-being of our staff and our communities are of paramount importance to us. We have constituted a Quick Response Team (QRT) to monitor and initiate actions to reduce risk to employees. The QRT is available 24×7 for swift decision-making and guidance to all staff and line managers as the situation develops. Frequent office sanitisation and fumigation practices are put in place along with alcohol-based sanitisers and awareness messages across all locations. In a slew of measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19, Plan India has cancelled or deferred all travel, events and in-person meetings, encouraging staff to use digital meeting tools. The staff have also been advised to work from home till May 10, after which a further review of the situation will be done. We are providing regular information to critical stakeholders like donors, sponsors and partners, and continuous regular updates and detailed advisories are being shared through emails, website and WhatsApp groups.

Plan in media on COVID-19

Media Release: Eicher Group Foundation and Metso join Plan India’s ‘Project Suraksha’ to support children and girls in vulnerable families.

Media Advisory: Plan India statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

New Indian Express, May 12: A heart touching story of how field officers under Plan India’s flagship project Ahana are braving the lockdown & COVID-19 to ensure home-delivery of medicines to HIV+ pregnant women.

Economic Times, April 27: Eicher Group and Metso India join Plan India’s ‘Project Suraksha’.

Yahoo News, April 27: Eicher Group Foundation and Metso India are supporting Plan India’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 crisis by providing dry ration and hygiene kits to the vulnerable families.

ANI, April 27: Eicher Group Foundation, Metso India join Plan India’s project to support children in vulnerable families.

BIG FM, April 10: Plan India’s Executive Director Mohammed Asif in conversation with RJ Jassi of BIG FM about Plan India’s response to COVID-19.

Hindustan Times, March 25: JVR Prasad Rao, Plan India Governing Board Member, Former Health Secretary, Government of India, and member of the National Task Force set up by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on COVID-19, giving insights about how India has a short window to win the war against the pandemic and why a high-quality rapid test is a key to control the pandemic.

The Hindu Business Line, March 25: Mohammed Asif, Executive Director, Plan India, shares his thoughts on how CSR funds can be put to good use during and after COVID-19 crisis.

The Hindu Business Line, March 25:As India battles the COVID-19 outbreak, Mohammed Asif, Executive Director, Plan India, shares his thoughts on how India Inc should deploy its CSR funds for COVID relief.

 

voices of girl changemakers

From missing school to practising hand hygiene, social distancing, to dealing with issues like access to sanitary products, young girl changemakers from Plan India programmes share their experiences of living in the times of COVID-19. These videos have been shot by these girl changemakers and their family members as they try to bring the issues to fore. Do watch and share!

YASHASVI, from Bihar has penned this song to keep us all motivated and going in these difficult times. It has a message that together we all can win this battle.

KAVYA, from Telangana stresses on the need to have good physical and mental health during these testing times. She shares how her family is playing games on the terrace to stay healthy and active.

PRACHIPRAGYAN, from Odisha gives a gentle reminder to continue practising social distancing and frequent washing of hands to stay safe from COVID-19.

SAKINA, from Telangana thanks Plan India for creating awareness around COVID-19 and making them feel protected at these difficult times too.

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Testimonials

Rishikesh, from Odisha thanks Plan India for the support with dry ration and hygiene kits to his community during these difficult times.

Rakhi Birla, Deputy Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly shares her experience and feedback on Plan India’s response in her constituency Mongolpuri.

A young girl from Uttarakhand shares how her community is facing shortages of ration and hygiene products and thanks Plan India for reaching out to them with essentials.