Network care model for improved healthcare services
As on September 2022
public health facilities (PHC/CHCs) strengthened
telehealth consultations conducted
- Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan
Anand Vishwakarma Acting CEO and Country Director, ChildFund India
Through ‘COVID Mukt Gaon’ project, ChildFund India, together with SAMRIDH initiative, is proactively contributing to the nation’s goal of Universal Health coverage. We also hope to extend this partnership and replicate the same model in other states to make the entire country COVID-Free.
The financial assistance from SAMRIDH is helping ChildFund India to launch a sustainable network model to improve awareness on COVID-19 and increase uptake of vaccination in target geographies. This partnership has also enabled ChildFund to unlock additional capital to operationalize and upgrade medical support and child friendly centres, under Central and State government schemes. In addition, through this collaboration they will also pilot a tele-medicine solution for remote locations.
The scientific community has reached a strong consensus that the pediatric population can be at greater risk to contract COVID-19 infection as they are not vaccinated against the disease. Further, in India, about 37% of under-five children are underweight, 39% are stunted, and many more suffer from diabetes, asthma, chronic lung disease, sickle cell disease, or immunosuppression, indicating high prevalence of comorbities among them. Given the vulnerability of pediatric population to COVID-19, it is crucial to strengthen the capacity and preparedness of the health systems to manage COVID-19 cases among children.
ChildFund India has been working in semi-urban and rural areas to respond to the havoc caused by the pandemic, prepare the nation for any challenges the pandemic may present in the future, and to strengthen our systems as a sustainable solution for the post-COVID-19 era. Their interventions include providing medical equipment to Public Health Centres (PHCs) and Community Health Centres (CHCs), setting up child-friendly COVID-19 care centers, providing medical equipment, offering mental health support to health workers, providing dry rations, hygiene, and educational kits to families, teleconsultation services to the community members, and conducting intensive vaccination drives.
Together with SAMIRDH, ChildFund is collaborating with public and private health agencies to implement the project “Covid Mukt Gaon” in the states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan to provide basic healthcare services, equipment, and child-friendly care (pediatric services). Through private sector engagement, the effort will be augmented with telemedicine services, health outreach vehicles and camps. The 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.