The battle against COVID-19 will be long and hard. With the number of positive cases and resulting deaths rising in India every day, more and more people are in need of support and care. While lockdowns and social distancing measures can flatten the curve of the pandemic, providing social, economic and emotional support to people is essential. In addition, building resilience of the healthcare system to manage the influx of patients is critical.
CHAI is employing a multi-pronged approach and is working with member institutions within its network, other healthcare networks, civil society organisations, and national and state governments. Please find below a snapshot of our initiatives.
CHAI’s network of over 3,500 member institutions – one of the largest non-governmental healthcare networks in India – includes more than 500 hospitals and 50,000 beds across the country. CHAI is helping its institutions prepare for this unprecedented health crisis through the following activities:
More than 120 member institutions attended the first two webinars. CHAI will organise more webinars, with latest updates, in the next few days.
All COVID-19-related resources are available on CHAI’s website at https://www.chai-india.org/covid-19-resources/ to ensure easy access for member institutions.
Like other countries, India is currently facing a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), consumables, drugs and equipment. To address this situation, CHAI is conducting an extensive survey to estimate the capacity of hospitals within its network to provide care to patients, and the materials that they will require over the coming months.
In addition, member institutions are anticipating a significant drop in hospitals’ income due to suspension of their outpatient services and elective procedures. Simultaneously, the hospitals need to expend resources towards COVID-19 preparedness. This will require a certain amount of financial support for the hospitals to continue to function and care for patients.
Once CHAI collates the estimates, it will reach out to its network of vendors and partners to help member institutions in procuring the required drugs, consumables, equipment, and funds.
A consortium of various organisations, including CHAI, launched a digital platform www.coronacare.life as a helpline for all COVID-19-related issues. The multi-lingual platform has been actively running for more than a month and currently offers counselling services to anyone with emotional distress or anxiety.
The partners in this initiative include The Project Vision, CHAI, the Sister Doctors Forum of India, TROVA, Vidal Health, Rajagiri Hospital, the Camillian Disaster Services, and CMAI. Billion Lives, a social impact technology company, is providing technical support for the website.
Integrity is one of the most sought after core values, particularly in the non-profit sector. Current innovations in technology have brought forth new methods to track transparency and accountability. Towards this, CHAI has introduced a new Geo-Tagging software to monitor and report on the impact of funds received. This software pushes reporting to another level by providing real time data on the status of projects across the nation, and we are very happy to share this online. This data is for the families reached in the current month.
As part of the COVID-19 response, CHAI, through the generosity of several funding partners was able to mobilize Rs 1.27 crores(12.74 million) and provided dry food kits to 3250 vulnerable families in 17 states of the country through 56 implementing partners (Click here for details) . In most of these places, CHAI will continue to support these families over the next 6 months. We followed a systematic and transparent process to ensure this.
The Geo-Tagging software was developed and provided to CHAI free of cost by Mr John Santhosh, a Catholic Technocrat, founder and CEO of BillionLives, a social impact company. We are grateful for his generosity, his social responsibility, and our meaningful ongoing partnership. There is still a great deal of need across the country and we are receiving requests for help regularly. Kindly support our efforts by sharing our work on social media and to all your contacts. If you wish to contribute financially, click here.