The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has unleashed an unprecedented public health crisis caused due to the large-scale spread of COVID infection in all parts of the country. As of August 12, 2021, India reports 32,077,706 cases and 429,669 COVID-related deaths in different parts of the country.
The health system, particularly in the large cities and urban areas, is overwhelmed by the incessant stream of COVID-19 patients seeking medical assistance and supplemented oxygen. Therefore we must spread the message of adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour in the communities along with supporting the ramping up of the public health infrastructure to prevent the crisis.
In this context, AMYAA launched the ‘AMYAA fights COVID-19’ initiative which seeks to directly support the Government, Medical Team, Police Development and Grassroots-based frontline workers, COVID infected patients through daily follow up by way of counselling, their health status updates and advice on adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour during their home quarantines.
Since the outbreak of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2021, Team AMYAA stood firm to reach the unreached individuals and families severely hit by the pandemic across different districts of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh. The launching of AMYAA COVID19 initiatives started from Roing, the headquarter of Lower Dibang Valley District, Arunachal Pradesh. AMYAA NGO had the experience of doing humanitarian service during the first wave in 2020. Thus, based on the experience, the communities worse affected by the COVID crisis were mainly migrant labourers who hail from Assam, Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. Their daily sources of income were affected and they were left to survive on their bare minimum. The other categories of special persons whose normal existence were affected by the COVID pandemic were the aged, persons with disabilities, widows, children who lost their parents due to COVID, the socio-economically poor families, and children from poorer families who lost the opportunity to go to schools and have neither books nor suitable home ambient to study. AMYAA reached out to these individuals and families in need who are not normally identified by either Government or organisations to be listed as beneficiaries of emergency relief aids.
The ‘AMYAA fights COVID-19’ initiative focused on dry ration and medical kits for 14,000 poor and vulnerable families to ensure their food and nutrition security for 10 days. Mass awareness campaign supporting 3,600 adolescent girls, boys, young women and minors to raise awareness on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including tackling stigma and myths surrounding vaccinations.
Protection of COVID warriors by providing 10,000 face masks, 900 Oximeters, 600 medical kits, and 1,200 dry ration kits to the ASHA and Aganwadi Workers to enable them to continue delivering services to COVID patients. The Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives donated dry ration kits for 1,800 needy families. Crypto Relief sponsored 4600 dry ration kits, 2000 medical kits and 400 Oximeters. Quest Alliance and NINE is MINE also provided dry ration kits to vulnerable children of daily wagers and minors who come under persons with disabilities in Lower Dibang Valley District. The sponsorship of Crypto Relief, support of UMEED PROJECT and Grassroots United NGOs has been the main driving force in enabling AMYAA to reach out to the targeted needy beneficiaries across 5 districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
AMYAA has been instrumental in providing Oxygen concentrators (OCs) to 3 Districts: Anjaw, Changlang and Lower Dibang Valley District of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. These OCs will be installed in different District Hospitals, Community Health Centres and Primary Health Centres located in remote and tough terrain locations of the region. These high-flow oxygen concentrator machines would enable medical centres to support COVID patients who require supplemental oxygen.
During the second wave, under the ‘AMYAA fights COVID-19’ initiative, AMYAA reached out to 115 villages across five districts of Anjaw, Changlang, Namsai, Lower Dibang Valley, Dibang Valley and East Siang Districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Amidst challenging means of transportation, rough roads, tough terrains, and inclement monsoon weather conditions, team AMYAA covered the remotest villages in the middle belt under Arzoo Circle and reached as far as the Acheso village, the last village of Dibang Valley District near the China border, to Aoholi Village of East Siang District.
AMYAA’s COVID-19 interventions were accomplished through a joint effort with strong support and collaborations with different stakeholders such as Local Government Agencies, concerned District Administration, District Medical Departments, Civil Society Organisations, Donors, Student Unions and their representatives, Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) Members, and Community Based Organisations (CBOs).
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