Since April 2020, the Azim Premji Foundation has been engaged in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. Their work has focussed on areas that are remote and hard to reach, and are hence, often neglected in such mass mobilization drives.
Their initiatives include providing humanitarian aid to those in need, which includes 14.7 million people across 27 states and 3 union territories who received food, dry rations, and personal hygiene kits.
The Foundation has distributed over 630 million meals and enhanced access to livelihoods in rural and tribal areas for at least 8.3 million people across 13 states alongside having supported the public health system and public-spirited hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing healthcare support to over
150 million people.
The foundation has also provided large scale support to the public system to increase the speed and coverage of the Covid19 vaccination program – focusing particularly on disadvantaged/vulnerable communities and geographies, who are typically left out.
Azim Premji Foundation’s Vaccination Program has been helping the state governments build and manage their capacity to vaccinate and mobilize communities for vaccination.
From assessment and augmentation of available infrastructure (cold storage equipment, carrier box etc.) to human resources (vaccinators, doctors etc.) including
training support – on-the-ground, the organization has been facilitating vaccination for those even at the grassroots level.
Azim Premji Foundation is mobilizing communities for vaccination through Information dissemination, planning and logistics for ensuring convenient access, minimizing disruptions to livelihood, addressing hesitancy, working with village opinion makers, and providing ground-level support for those in need of medical help.
They have been managing this program by planning and executing the vaccination program along with PHCs at the ground, building an accurate database of the population, using that to do targeted plans and implement weekly-daily schedules, enabling the logistics of the schedule, mobilizing the communities to match the schedule, and ensure appropriate follow-ups for their second dose of vaccine.
The Vaccination Program is being directly implemented through our own
organization in the seven states where we have our own on-the-ground teams, as well as through 280 partners across the country. The focus is primarily in rural and disadvantaged areas, and with the vulnerable or excluded populations of some cities.
The unit of support in large urban areas is often ‘settlements’, which include slum populations, other vulnerable or excluded populations, or populations with limited access to PHCs. They have laid special focus on covering communities like transgender people, sex workers, manual scavengers, homeless people and migrant workers among others.
As of December 24, 2021, Azim Premji Foundation’s Vaccination Program is supporting 3609 PHCs covering INR 10.2 Cr people. The program’s target was 3500 PHCs, which was crossed in December 2021.
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