ChildFund India

Focus Area: Health Infrastucture

Solution: Network care model for improved healthcare services

Geography: Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan

ChildFund, a child development organization, has been working with underprivileged children, youth, and families from the most remote, extremely backward, and hard-to-reach areas in India, since 1951, with a vision to build ‘an India where children lead a dignified life and achieve their full potential’. ChildFund India works in the rural belts of the country, now slowly expanding its focus to urban poverty where child protection issues and violence against children are prevalent. Its programs provide comprehensive support to children from their conception until they reach 24 years of age by integrating health, nutrition, sanitation, gender equality, disability, education, skill training, livelihoods, child protection, climate change and humanitarian relief work. ChildFund believes in creating a supportive ecosystem to ensure children have a thriving childhood.

With SAMRIDH’s support, ChildFund aims to reach 35 lakh+ beneficiaries from 7,554 villages spread over five locations – Bastar, Udaipur, Durgapur, East Singhbhum, and Ranchi – through health systems strengthening support offering for public and private health facilities and establishing a sustainable network care model to ensure improved access to quality and affordable healthcare services.

The entity will engage in expanding the outreach to health camps and teleconsultation services through 15 private hospitals, make teleconsultation accessible for enhanced COVID-19 care, provide infrastructural support to improve primary and community health centers, include child-friendly facilities in over 7,500 villages, and ensure advocacy and review at district and state levels to strengthen primary healthcare. The ultimate goal of the project is to create “Covid free villages” taking holistic approach of dealing with covid-19, which starts with risk reduction followed by mitigation through improving access to health services, empowerment of community, strengthening health system and community structures and processes through innovative approaches. The project is being implemented in coordination with Ministry of Health, ChildFund India being member of COVID Task force at the district and state level. By end of the project, all targeted Health Centres/Covid care centres in ChildFund India’s operational areas will have access to medical supply for adults and children resulting in saving lives of thousands of Covid -19 positive people including children between the age of 2 -18 years. The project will develop management protocols for health care staff, frontline workers would be trained on managing adults and children with covid, they will also be trained to recognize from non-verbal communication as children may be non-verbal and will not be able to describe their illness.