Globally Corona Virus Disease (COVID19) is a pandemic and declared as Health Emergency by WHO. In Andhra Pradesh the situation is also similar, with complete lock down. Due to sudden in nature as declared for lockdown, people are experiencing several problems which includes food insecurity, medical emergency, pregnant and lactating unable to access health services as OP is stopped in almost all private hospitals and in government hospitals it is centralized, migrants unable to reach their native places as the transport is stopped, education of children is unprecedented, increased domestic violence and abuse for women and children, people becoming panic day by day, unable to pay house rentals / milk charges and no cash in hand to meet daily needs etc. In Andhra Pradesh on March 12, 2020 first corona case was identified in Nellore district.
|COVID-19 Cases in India and in the state of Andhra Pradesh|
|Source: Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Government of India, as on 8th June 2020|
Vasavya Mahila Mandali has experience in responding to disasters and also Health pandemics like HIV. So from March onwards VMM has initiated training to staff, peer educators and volunteers.
Seeing at community’s people are not much caring for hand wash, social distance and masks. That made VMM to respond to this pandemic immediately from March 2020. Although the first Corona case identified in Andhra Pradesh, preparedness started by VMM and some are like on immediately on need responding too.
Vasavya Mahila Mandali has responding to the pandemic through different activities
Training to VMM staff: VMM conducted capacity building of 525 Peer educators / Community volunteers, VMM staff, Mahila Mitra on Corona virus and health emergency, actions required to take by VMM management and educated themselves on self-care and at workplace. In the second week of March 2020 VMM has initiated strengthened staff and community change makers.
Mobile hand wash points were initiated in March 2020: Before lock down, VMM has established 20 mobile hand wash platforms points for public convenience use, educated the community on importance frequent hand wash and explained in detail the hand wash by soap or hand wash. VMM collaborated with: Vasavya Nursing home, Mahila Mitra, Asha function hall, United Teachers Federation and Hotel Alankar Inn, AXIS Bank.
Distribution of facemasks: 40,000 Cloth masks were distributed in community in Vijayawada.
Awareness on COVID 19 in communities: Information on COVID19 regularly updated through social media and media. VMM through WhatsApp sharing the information about services availability at public and process of approach.
Maintaining Social Distance at vegetable markets and public places. About 100 Mahila Mitra actively participated in supervising and educating people coming to market informing them to wear mask compulsorily especially coming outside of home, informing people not to touch vegetables and to reach home before 9 am during relaxation of time from lockdown. This has helped the people to know the importance.
Providing dry ration: With HCL Foundation through Connect to Andhra Society provided dry ration to 640 migrants were lock down due to COVID19 and 360 women (Pregnant, lactating, aged grannies, widows and women with diseases) at Vijayawasda, Krishnalanka Karakatta area. Film link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaSf9K_AWds
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Infrared Forehead Thermometers: On 20th May 2020 donated two Infrared Forehead thermo meters for using in court premises Chairman cum II Addl. District Judge, Mandal Legal Services Committee, Vijayawada.
Relief Camp to Migrants: During 15th May 2020 to 23rd May 2020 VMM initiated relief camp opp; government Polytechnic college on NH-16 and reached 4315 migrants and distributed Water, Towels, Foot wear, Banana, Orange, Biscuits and Bread and also counselled about their route to their native states during their walk.
Production of Face Masks: VMM women those who are trained in tailoring and having sewing machines under various interventions are provided with livelihood by stitching masks and supplying to District Rural Development Agency Krishna Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada Municipal Corporation and Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas i.e self-help groups women. More than 200 women were engaged and prepared 40000 masks. Day by day the number of women engaged is on increase as there is lot of demand. In addition to this VMM is making masks and also selling to corporates, business houses and community people.
Tele counselling to victims of Domestic violence: VMM initiated Tele counselling services from 01 April 2020, during the lock down crime against women has increased, domestic violence cases has increased, 125 cases were provided counselling and necessary action were taken with the support of AP Police DISHA team and Mahila Mitra members.
Police escort service to victims of Domestic violence: AP Police DISHA team provided police escort to two women who were facing severe domestic violence were reached to their parental home facilitated by VMM.
Media stories and media interface on increased Domestic violence during lockdown