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COVID-19

Hand in Hand Switzerland has been actively working towards supporting Covid19 relief activities in India since the pandemic struck in 2020. Through the efforts of Hand in Hand Switzerland and its partners, emergency relief measures were taken to support on the ground in India. In the period between March - December 2020, the impact created is:

• Counselling provided through a 24/7 health helpline reaching 60280 people
• Hand sanitizer bottles produced and distributed to 128,300 households reaching out to 513,200 population
• 8076 Self Help Group women trained in mask production
• 103 Power sprayers distributed to sanitize public areas
• 83322 sanitary products produced

SECOND WAVE COVID19


The Second wave of Coronavirus has been devastating to everyone. Hospitals are backlogged and health professionals are overloaded. There is a high demand with an extremely low supply. People desperately on the lookout for oxygen cylinders or hospital beds to save the life of a loved one, burning pyres in the crematorium that now carry a houseful sign on their doors, people waiting with oxygen masks outside hospitals in hope of finding at least one available bed. People are running out of options and solutions to tackle this crisis the country is in now.

EMERGENCY RELIEF INTERVENTIONS UNDERWAY

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EMERGENCY PACKAGE TO CARETAKERS

In view of the acute shortage of support staff and nursing staff in hospitals to take of Covid-19 patients, the health department has accepted to allow family members/friends of in-patients to remain in the ward caregivers with all precautionary methods and ways. The caregiver will have to wear PPE kit and follow all COVID-19 protocols strictly, the directive. Many people of rural villages reach the hospital without proper preparation due to poor and economic conditions even struggle for basic needs to take care of patients. Provision of an emergency care package to caretakers and attenders will be a great support to the family in this critical situation.

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TEMPORARY BEDS

Probably for the first time Government hospitals in the city and districts started to feel inadequate to meet the growing needs of Covid-19 patients, who are struggling to get an admission. Many wait in the ambulance to get a bed. People are struggling for beds and oxygen supply. Lack of bed facilities in the hospital the covid patients sitting on a chair in the outpatient ward in queues. On the other side, all the caretakers sit on the pavements of the hospital, desperately waiting for a bed. To address this issue and provide immediate care for the suffering provision of temporary mobile beds are proposed for the five districts headquartered hospitals in Tamil Nadu.

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HEALTH HELP DESK

Generally people visiting Government hospitals often find it difficult to locate the services they need. Setting up of a health help desk in the Chengalpattu Government Hospital to assist patients, attenders and visitors on how to reach proper destination for treatment. The general patrons of any government hospital are daily wagers, farmers, laborers, etc. who often lose their daily wages just visiting the hospital. The helpdesk will support in creating awareness on Covid19 immunization and vaccination; support for navigating the hospital; awareness on insurance claims hence saving time.












HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT?

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* Donate on our website or transfer the money to our bank account (please do write us an email on how you want the funding to be utilized at info@hihswiss.org).

* If you are looking to support a larger initiative with more specific impact, write to us at sahaana.sankar@hihswiss.org. We will respond with a concept note for further action.

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