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Habitat for Humanity India sets up frontline treatment shelters for Covid-19 under its Road to Recovery 2.0 campaign

Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Friday, May 21, 2021, 16:45 Hrs  [IST]

Habitat for Humanity India has unveiled the Road to Recovery 2.0 as its response to the deadly second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. it has served over 13,27,076 people from 19 states by providing them with hygiene kits, family essential kits, conditional cash transfers, behaviour change communication training and by setting up Habitat Care Centres (HCCs).

We have supported migrant workers, commercial sex workers, daily wage earners, people living with disability, adivasi and other vulnerable communities. While 5,95,821 hygiene and family essential kits were provided; 1,47,200 people were provided with conditional cash transfers. 64,636 people were trained in hygiene habits and Covid-19 safety precautions.

In partnership with local governments and on-ground partners, Habitat for Humanity is setting up HCCs to equip under-used healthcare or government buildings. This will augment capacity of oxygen concentrators, drinking water, hygiene facilities, beds and mattresses, hygiene products and sufficient PPE for healthcare workers. It helps increase the existing medical infrastructure and support vulnerable individuals with safe shelter to isolate or quarantine, keeping families safe and preventing transmission.

Till date, Habitat for Humanity India has set up 16 HCCs with 1,975 beds in Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru and West and East Godavari. Each bed serves over 15 patients in a short span of 6 months.

Under the Road to Recovery 2.0 campaign, our goal is to scale up this initiative at a time when the country’s healthcare system is reeling under the second wave. The HCCs are equipped with beds, oxygen supply, ventilators and a hygiene kit.

It partners with government or its hospitals which provide the space for setting up the care centers. The existing facility could be a hospital or a school, college, a vacant government building such as MHADA or SRA which is augmented by Habitat. Once set up, the care centers are handed over to the hospital look after the Covid-19 patients.

“We are witnessing a rapid surge in Covid-19 caseloads with the country’s healthcare system coming under severe strain. We have launched Road to Recovery 2.0 for providing immediate relief to affected people. Through HCCs, we aim to boost existing medical infrastructure and support vulnerable individuals with safe spaces to isolate or quarantine, keeping families safe and preventing transmission,” stated. Rajan Samuel, managing director, Habitat for Humanity India.

Going forward , these HCCs have the potential to evolve into a permanent multipurpose facility serving as a one stop care for people affected by Covid-19, for vaccination and even socio-counselling support. At the moment, in many tier 2-tier 3 cities, people are forced to travel 2-4 kilometers just to check their temperature or oxygen saturation. In a scenario, HCCs will enable us build community resilience but it will require institutional partnerships, coalitions and government engagement, he added.

 

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