Achieving milestones: 64,173 children in 4 countries saved from blindness
Serving the poorest of the poor in India, Kenya, Nigeria & Dominican Republic, with last mile health solutions.
Serving the poorest of the poor in India, Kenya, Nigeria & Dominican Republic, with last mile health solutions.
The World Economic Forum selects Every Infant Matters among India’s Top 50 COVID-19 Last Mile Responders. This is in appreciation of our tireless efforts in providing Covid relief to the nation in this difficult time.
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Together we are part of a group of 50 organisations that are providing critical support to more than 171 million people on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis in India across four vital areas of need: Prevention and Protection; Treatment and Relief; Inclusive Vaccine Access; and Securing Livelihoods. At a time when mainstream support systems have been overwhelmed, social entrepreneurs have stepped up to fill the gaps, especially in hard-to-reach poor or rural communities.
World Economic Forum's charismatic host, Robin Pomeroy, invites Radhika Batra on Radio Davos podcast : "India vs Virus: voices from the COVID front line". What a great honour for Every Infant Matters!
Radhika shares her experiences as Social entrepreneur, struggling against odds during the Covid pandemic to provide every kind of help to those in urgent need. She talks of the challneges she faced, how she overcame those challneges, and what were the lessons learnt from the pandemic.
We celebrate the live of our Founder Director Mr Raj Kumar, who lost his life to Covid on May 7, after a month struggling with the deadly disease. He was in the ICU.
When it was clear that will not survive, his wife took a couragous decision and gave up his ICU bed to a young Naval officer. He passed away peacefully in his sleep in his hospital room.
His sacrifice will be remembered for years to come. Tributes are pouring in from people across the world. His legacy lives on in every project that we do, every person that we serve, every life that we save.
In May 2021, Radhika herself got Covid. She gave this TEDx talk while struggling with breathlessness, ground glass opacities in the lungs, side effects of steroids, and all the time facing the trauma of close family members ( mother and both grandparents) falling prey to the deadly disease. her grandparents had been in the hospital for a month. she lost her grandfather one day after she reocrded the TEDx talk.
On Doctors day, the Indian Medical Association gives the prestigious Covid Warrior Award to Dr Radhika Batra, the Founder & President of Every infant matters, for her tireless endeavours in providing Covid relief in 3 continents, ever since the pandemic started.
This is a pan India group of dedicated young volunteers (doctors, advocates, VPs, engineers, VCs, etc) working day and night to ensure that patinets get the best care and lives are not lost and time not wasted in scrambling for resources.
"Proud to have spearheaded , what is turning out to be a truly pathbreaking movement. Reach out to us. We can’t guarantee success, but we promise to give our heart and soul into helping you in this era of #dystopia2021 " says Dr Radhika Batra, Founder and President of Every Infant Matters.
"When I got Covid, I was inundated with calls from across the country, with people calling desperately for help to save their loved ones. People were frantic: where can I get a hospital bed? How do we get oxygen? My father needs a ventilator? Where can my wife get a C section? And so on. This is why I started this movement," says Radhika
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Why the need? India’s health system has collapsed. No hospital beds. No ventilators. No ICUs. No monitors. No oxygen. No Covid medicines. There are waiting lists of 20-500 people in every hospital. But preference is given to VIPs. Nobody cares for the common man. The Covid task Force works 24/7 attending to people who need help, linking them with facilities, finding where we can get them prompt and best help, using our countrywide network of doctors both in public and private to address the issue.
Aditya Raj Kaul Contributing Editor CNN joins us with full enthusiam. We need every help, every moment is precious, every life is important.
Aditya Raj Kaul Contributing Editor CNN joins the Covid task Force with full enthusiasmon Twitter: "Anchor: How challenging is it to find a bed with a ventilator in New Delhi today? It’s not challenging. It’s impossible. Where I speak about the common man taking up the burden to help those in distress amidst crisis in New Delhi. And about Indian forces helping in. #COVID19 https://t.co/4FvIqQAoFO" / Twitter
" We need every help, every moment is precious, every life is important. " Aditya Raj Kaul on Twitter: https://t.co/4FvIqQAoFO" / Twitter
Listen to Aditya Raj Kaul on CBC 24 Canada
Impact so far: ( 22,361 lives impacted)
· ICU beds with ventilator - 1122
· ICU bed with Oxygen- 1576
· Hospital bed with oxygen- 2083
· Oxygen cylinder and kits - 1800
· Food tiffins - 6991 people
· Life saving procedures (dialysis, ceseareans sections, etc) - 879
· Ambulance - 1500
· Home ICU - 897
· Plasma- 359
· Oxygen concentrator-30
· Medical advice- 2876
· Vaccine- 1278+ 970= 2248
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We have successfully vaccinated more than 9000 people against Covid-19 in a series of vaccine camps. This includes those from the economically weaker section of society. The vaccine camps were conducted in partnership with Apollo Hospital and other hospitals, and the Institute of Chartered accountants.
Our health workers invested their time and energy in creating vaccine awareness and dispelling myths.
We are honoured to be serving the nation by fulfilling this immediate need.
ADI GODREJ DONATES 25000 bottles of sanitisers
Women and children working in brick kilns and stone quarries have no jobs, no food, no money for soap and sanitisers
We thank Adi Godrej and his team for their incredible magnanimity and compassion for the underprivileged. Through our programme, we serve children and mothers who suffer severe and acute malnutrition and deficiency disorders
Adi Godrej recognises the urgent need to protect vulnerable women and children in the Covid pandemic. His vision and philanthropic endeavours support 25,000 families not only from COVID-19 but also from waterborne and foodborne diseases such as diarrhoea, dysentery, warm infestation, hepatitis and cholera. These are devastating and dangerous in a malnourished child, and lead to certain death.
Support from Titan has come in the form of 12 high quality oxygen concentrators with high flow ( 10 liters).
The past two months have seen an unprecedented demand for oxygen, not just from those who was suffering from Covid but even for those in the recovery phase. Patients are discharged from hospitals with residula lung damage and fibrosis, difficulty in breathing, and many require oxygen support for weeks and months.
The Covid Task Force works round the clock to field such requests. With support from Titan, we have established an Oxygen Concentrator Bank. Whenever there is a request, we give a machine for home use to the patient to tide over the difficult time. The time also varies from few days to even a few months.
Though the second wave has abated, requests for oxygen concentrators only going up day by day due to lung fibrosis and lung damage. We thank Titan every day for their incredible generosity and support--
"A heart that beats for India"
We received ration kits and funding (Total Rs 1 crore= $ 150,000) from CryptoRelief in July 2021. These were distributed to the poorest of the poor in 8 states, in Sikkim, Uttarakhand , UP , West Bengal , Manipur, Mizoram, Assam and Delhi NCR.
Grocery kits were distributed to the poorest of the poor, living in the remotest parts of the state. We visited such remote areas that the truck was stalled often, and we had to face the swirling mists and landslides. We distributed to rural population, tribal population, migratns, hawkers, homeless people, sex workers, manual scanvergers, and unorganized sector who lost jobs during the pandemic. We recahed as far as the Indo-Myanmar border and remote villages in the Himalayas to distribute groceriies to those facing starvation.
Happy to receive this letter of appreciation from the Government of Sikkim, for our COVID relief efforts in the state.
The District Collecter of Sikkim appreciates our endeavors in prividng Covid relief. We have sent 7 oxygen concentrators and 35 pulse oximeters to STNM hospital and for local governmnet hospitals. This project has been suppoerted by Titan. We thank Titan every day for their incredible generosity and support.
We partner with DuPont for Covid relief in the remotest parts of the country.
Dupont has sent 15 oxygen Concentrators to Mizoram for the Covid Care Centres. These have been handed over to the YMA: the Young Mizo Association, wokring tirelessly across the state to provide succour.
Dupont has also sent a supply of Pulse oximeters. These are essential to operate the covid care centre. With patients gasping for breath in the second wave, we are grateful to Dupont for their much needed suppor
DuPont has sent 1000 PPEs to Nongkhrah and Umden villages in Meghalaya. These will be used in covid care centres, quarantine centres and during covid funerals. Meghalaya is reeling under the onslaught of the Covid virus. People have lost their jobs, hunger is here to stay. With Immunity lower than ever, local communities are at immense risk of Covid.
Today Dupont has dispatched 2000 PPEs and 17 oxygen Concentrators to Manipur for use by government and private Covid care centres in churachandpur district.
Godrej Consumer Products has made a donation of 25,000 bottles of sanitisers to Every Infant Matters, for distribution among homeless and hungry in 6 states of North East India.
"So many crates!" exclaim Every Infant Matters local partners. Distribution started across the North east in 6 states. Sanitizers for orphans and homeless children are a very big need. Mere awareness and education is not enough. Handwashing and social distancing are luxuries that low-income people can’t afford. Milni lost her job in the COVID-19 pandemic. She has 4 children, but there is no money to buy food. The children face starvation. There is no money to buy soap and sanitisers. When hands are not washed properly, there are recurrent infections and children waste away. Lowered immunity further aggravates the threat of COVID-19 that looms like a menace. The second wave, now gripping the nation, is far more deadly than the first.The COVID-19 pandemic has brought in its wake two accompanying pandemics, poverty and hunger. There are women and children working in brick kilns and stone quarries of West Bengal. They have jobs, but food is scarce. They are prone to infections, sickness and even death as most of them are homeless, living in crammed shanties and struggling to make ends meet. Malnourishment and exposure to diseases are big issues. Moreover, COVID-19 has further exaggerated health inequalities and hunger.
Grim situation in the world today. The chilling truth is that many will die in this second wave of Covid. “We cannot let our children starve to death,” says Dr Radhika Batra, Founder and President of Every Infant Matters. “This is why we have started the Million Meals Project. Volunteers go out every day afternoon and serve freshly cooked nutritious meals to those who are hungry specially to migrant workers who have lost their jobs. The time has come that every person must work towards preventing hunger and saving lives. Food has become an urgent need. We thank our donor Zomato Feeding India for their incredibly generous offer: Pick up as much food as you need from our kitchens!”
We are thrilled to get food for distribution worth Rs 3 Crores ($650,000)
We thank all those who have helped in raising our distribution costs of Rs 1.98 per meal. Please continue!
We are distribute 6000 freshly cooked meals daily to combat hunger.
We started with 200 meals in Delhi everyday. Now we send out 2500 meals in 2 vans everyday. We distribute 1400 meals in Assam, 1000 in Kolkotta, 600 in Latur, and shall continue to scale.
We serve those whose lives have been devastated by the Covid pandemic. Women and children abandoned. Labourers who have lost their jobs. Children whose dull eyes reflect the pain of their empty bellies. Marginalized communitiees like sex workers, transgenders, mnaul scavngers, tribals. Dedicated volunteers visit slum clusters carrying large steel containers of food, and serve with love and devotion.
“Hunger is the biggest enemy,” says Dr Radhika Batra, our Founder & President . “A baby is nourished in the mothers womb. After birth, it’s the mother’s milk that nourishes the baby. But what happens after that? Why is it that we cannot fulfil our promise to these children? How can the world continue to be indifferent to the plight of hungry children? When will we realise the chilling truth, the hunger can lead to devastating consequences, poor immunity, recurrent infections, and even permanent and irreversible blindness.”
Nothing can stop us from continuing the Million Meals Project. Neither Covid nor anything else. We shall keep the banner flying, and come what may, we shall continue to feed hungry & homeless children who so desperately need food to stave off the pangs of hunger and to prevent starvation.
Many of our volunteers who would carry out the food distribution have tested positive for Covid. Today there were no volunteers available. We hired a tuk tuk to transport the food; the tuk tuk driver developed a high body temperature & sore throat, and had to be sent home. We paid a supplier for paper plates; he ran off with our money.
Disasters? Not at all! Abhinav Agrawal, Senior Manager, piled the containers of food in his car and went to distribute food himself in the slums of South Delhi. He spent 3 hours in the blazing sun, came back dehydrated & burnt to a cinder, but succeeded in distributing 500 meals in 2 large slum clusters. Hats off to Abhinav for his dedication & perseverance in the face of the pandemic.
People ask: What if Abhinav gets Covid?
Our reply: we have many people in our team who will hold the fort
We thank our donors who are defraying distribution costs. We look towards raising distribution costs of Rs 1 (1. 5 cents) per meal. Please make a Paytm to 9310398004
Please call on 9310398004 to learn more about the project.
From the newsletter:
"The NGO works in the “slums, mountains and remote areas of India, Nigeria, Kenya and the Dominican Republic” with the tireless goal of fulfilling the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being. There are plans to work in three more countries this year. It also strives towards justice and inclusion - thus also fulfilling the SDG 10: Reducing Inequalities – and serves all people regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, colour, caste or beliefs. @
Thrilled to get praised by Howard Schiffer, the Founder & CEO of Vitamin Angels, who says: "Every Infant Matters is a terrific organization run by two very dedicated doctors. We're proud to have them as our partner - they're doing wonderful work!"
The work is hard and the going is tough. We face difficult situations every day. We cope with uncertainty and financial difficulties. There are nights when I think of hungry children and cannot sleep. and Howard Schiffer's words of praise and encouragement will keep us going and spur us on to the best effort
Dr Radhika Batra, Pediatrician & Founder, Every Infant Matters On NewsX | 2nd Wave Superheroes|NewsX - YouTube
Our mission is serving disadvantaged women and children by providing last mile health solutions.
Our biggest project is that of preventing blindness by dispensing Vitamin A to malnourished and marginalised children.
We believe in justice and inclusion, and work towards promoting gender equality.
Proud of our stalwarts who serve with courage and passion! Our Nigeria team went down the turbulent Calabar river on boats, at great peril to their own lives, carrying health supplies to Creek Town, a small village where health facilities are abysmal.
Ekpenyong Effiok, Director of Every Infant matters for Africa, took a team of 6 people, who carried out deworming, health education, supplements to pregnant women, and gave Vitamin A to Under-5 children to prevent irreversible blindness. Hundreds have benefitted.
Thank you to our donor Vitamin Angels for giving us free medicines in 3 continents
LEADING NEWSPAPER OF NIGERIA WRITES ABOUT TRAINING 100,000 VOLUNTEERS: We are now training 100,000 local people, 60% of whom are women, to provide community health at the last mile by effectively cover all the polling units in the country. https://thelensnews.com/200000-community-health-volunteers-to-be-recruited-online-in-calabar/.
Mr. Ekpeyong Ekpeyong Effiok of JEKSUME has started the training, with 40 traineses per batch. we are proud that more than 60% of attendees are women and teengae girls who want to work and serve their people.
Mr Effiok spoke to the press in Calabar and said that the supplement comes from their partners, Every Infant Matter Association in India and Vitamin Angels based in the USA. . Speaking with news men at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, the organizer of the event, Mrs. Benedette Otudor, Vice President Catholic Women Organization of the church urged women to take advantage of the free drugs.
Mr. Ekpeyong Ekpeyong Effiok, Director Partnerships Africa for Every Infant Matters, realises the need for rapid scale up and has built 2 new partnerships within Nigeria.
1. CCCRN: He has sealed a collaboration with CCCRN, the Center for Clinical Care & Clinical Research in Nigeria, Cross River State Branch, which is promoting best practices in health care delivery, medical training and research, they are focused on Children with HIV living with HIV positive Adults, Pregnant & lactating mothers, and HIV exposed infants.
2. Youth Wing of the Nigerian Red Cross, Cross River State Branch, which is part of the International Committee of the Red Cross . We believe this will link us to ICRC to emergency situation anywhere in Africa.
Mr Effiok is the Founder of Jeksume Foundation, a partner of Every Infant Matters. Jeksume is a Humanitarian Service Organisation that is involved in free distribution of food supplements in Nigeria to vulnerable women and children.
Mr. Ekpeyong Ekpeyong Effiok, Director Partnerships Africa for Every Infant Matters, realises thats system change can be brought about via government support. He has recieved extensive support from public health officials in the country who belive in his mission and vision.
The Government of India awards the prestigious Prashati Patra ( Certificate of recognition ) to Radhika. We are honored and proud, our Founder deserves these accolades
"I have learnt to be unafraid during the Covid crisis", says Radhika, who bravely wears PPEs and treats children with fever, pneumonitis and other respiratory diseases in a busy public hospital of New Delhi.
Thousands of Health workers are infected with COVID-19, many have died. We have partnered with the Indian Medical Association Junior Doctors’ Network, to identify needs among doctors and nurses so that distribution can be done directly health staff. We have also distributed essential protective equipment in 5 states of India, to low paid hospital staff like ward boys, technicians, ambulance drivers, sanitary and housekeeping staff. We have sent supplies to the following:
· King Edward Memorial hospital Mumbai
· Sion Hospital Mumbai,
· Osmania Medical College Hyderabad,
· Dedhraj Bhartia Medical College, Churu Rajasthan,
· Safdarjung Hospital New Delhi
· Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Medical College, New Delhi
· Bangalore Medical College and Research Centre
· Mysore Medical College and Research Centre
· Chigateri District hospital Davengere Karnataka
· Karnataka Institute of medical Sciences Hubli
We thank our donors who have supported the distribution of the following:
Personal Protective Equipment =4225
N95 masks = 4720
3 ply masks = 7880
Protective goggles - 270
Face shields= 2070
Sanitisers= 4567 Bottles
Our heartfelt thanks and eternal gratitude to the One Young World, Refinitiv, SRCC Alumni Association, Zomato, individuals, families and foundations.
We also supplied sanitisers to cleaning and housekeeping staff of Lucknow University, UP, India.
We have also supplied PPEs, masks, and waterproof shoe covers for volunteers working in COVID-19 Quarantine centres in the remote North East of India, in partnership with the CDI.
FROM THE ARTICLE:
"As a pediatrician in a busy public hospital, I have seen horrifying health inequalities. I was shocked to see a severely malnourished child who had become blind. Vitamin A is part of the government’s immunization program, but 40% of the children escape full immunization. Either the parents are ignorant or they cannot afford the expense to visit a clinic." says Radhika.
Also, UK's leading newspaper, The Telegraph, writes about Every Infant Matters work in Covid relief.
Even before India launched the world’s strictest lockdown at the end of March, Dr Radhika Batra, a paediatrician based in Delhi, realised that the poorest and most vulnerable sections of society were hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.
In February she began to deliver essential items to low-paid workers, families living in poverty and migrant workers.
“I started on a small scale by buying and giving homeless children and mothers masks and sanitisers,” Dr Batra said. Then the country went into lockdown. “I thought more people might end up dying from hunger than the virus itself,” she added.
"Even though we can't cure the virus, and we can't eliminate it completely from the world, we can still help those that are worst affected,” she said. "We are privileged to serve the poorest of the poor, by providing food, grocery bags, soaps, sanitisers, sanitary napkins and other essential goods"
"I am honoured and humbled," says Dr Radhika Batra.
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We have distributed 4090 Grocery bags in four countries to those who are hungry, and given 280 food packets to homeless people
Here in India, 2 months back saw an exodus . Men women children, hungry and thirsty and tired and exhausted, are on long marches on foot, trying to reach their native villages. Most are labourers or other daily wagers who have lost their jobs. Chaotic scenes everywhere. Every Infant Matters provides food and grocery kits
Thousands have lost jobs in this pandemic. There is no food, no water no accommodation, no transport.
"I need funds urgently to provide these people with food and water, " says Dr Radhika Batra.
Deworming tablets Albendazole, Vitamin A and prenatal vitamins given in a medical camp for 350 migrant workers conducted by an NGO ‘Progressive Medicoes and Scientists Forum’ in New Delhi.
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We work at the Government shelters (Raen Basera) for the homeless in Delhi . We also give out Chocolates, masks, and do sessions on Heath care, and a small talk on Covid safety and safe practices
Every Infant Matters is grateful to its donors who have sent bottles of liquid soap.
Some are being distributed, while others are being used to wash the hands of homeless people before giving them a nutritious meal
"My heart is overflowing with gratitude for my supporters. I kept writing and putting pictures on Instagram; the funds kept pouring in" says Dr Radhika Batra
Yes, we have got soap and sanitisers. Volunteers wash the hands of homeless children and adults before giving them a meal.
"I am honoured and priviliged that we could serve the Musahar Tribals near Benaras, UP. ' says Radhika. "They are indeed the poorest of the poor, as they have even survived by eating rats when faced with starvation. We have given each family grocery kits containing 20 kg flour, 3 kg lentils, cooking oil, spices and sugar"
We are collecting non-perishable food items such as groceries, biscuits and candy for daily wagers and labourers who have lost their jobs. Also bars of soap. Please send to
Dr Radhika Batra
Pocket C- 638 Sarita vihar,
New Delhi 110076
We are honored that John Elliott joins our US Board. An officer with the U.S. State Department, John has a comprehensive background in international affairs and humanitarian concerns. His experience and dedication to solve humanitarian crises, more so in conflict-ridden zones, will enable and support our work as we look towards expanding in difficult geographies.
John's diplomatic career was preceded by more than twenty years in the field of communications, as Founder and CEO for Millennium Communications, Inc., and Media Production Manager for Cisco Systems, a Fortune-500 corporation.
With the State Department, he has served in a number of domestic and overseas assignments, presently in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. He was Public Affairs Officer for the Office to Combat Trafficking; Special Assistant to the Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS; and was the Senior Regional Policy Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. With his multi-checkered career and multi-faceted personality, John D Elliott brings the required experience and expertise to solve the most pressing problem of the world today: global hunger, an issue that disproportionately affects the most vulnerable women and children.
"Those who fight COVID-19 from the frontlines deserve all praise. These chocolates are a token of love and appreciation," says Avinash Gupta, Secretary, SRCC Alumni Association
We sent 100 kg chocolates to doctors, nurses, receptionists, security guards, housekeeping staff, ambulance drivers, cleaners, technicians, kitchen staff
"We are glad that you care" say those who received chocolates in the following hospitals and Medical Colleges: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Safdarjung Hospital, LNJP hospital, ESI hospital Okhla New Delhi, Kalawati saran Hospital, Palika Maternity NDMC Hospital and GuruTeg Bahadur hospital Shahdra
Dr Parul Upreti from Lady Harding Medical College says; Thank you Every Infant matters for choosing me to be a messenger for this noble cause. I got to see so many happy faces becasue of your little suprise gift"
"Work in the Covid wards is a labour of love. We forget our own selves. We have no needs. We don't need water, food , rest, or even the bathroom! Its only about patients. Now when I am collapsing with exhaustion I will remember the chocs and be happy, and maybe the thought of this gift will help me do better, work better"
"This is a great honour for us. We are honoured that we have got this opportunity to give a small token of appreciation. Nothing is enough, nothing is too good, and words and gestures are not adequate to convey our love and gratitude to Covid warriors", says Avinash Gupta, Secretary, SRCC Alumni Association .
We are delighted to receive support from the One Young World UK, that is funding relief in India, Kenya and Nigeria through local partners of Every Infant Matters.
Ella Robertson of One Young World said: “Young leaders are part of the most connected, informed and resourceful generation in human history…We now need to ensure they have the funds needed to tackle some of the largest issues created by Covid-19”.
Proud to share that Every Infant Matters has been one of the first recipients of the Covid-19 Young Leaders Fund organised by the One Young World and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United Way, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Emma Watson, amongst others.
Dr Radhika Batra, who is an Ambassador for the One Young World, UK, connected with fellow OYW Ambassador Arpith Jayaram (Associate Project Manager, Refinitiv) and his colleague at an organisation called Youth For Seva. Together, the trio has provided 2,500 COVID-19 protection kits and N95 masks for healthcare personnel working on the frontlines of the pandemic in the two worst-hit states in India - Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Covid-19 warriors, Doctors and nurses are in the frontlines of the epidemic and at a very high risk of contracting the infection.
"In the midst of numerous local and regional challenges, OYW Ambassadors continue to be at the forefront of the global response", says the One Young World, lauding the achievement of Every Infant Matters
Nurses and doctors say hospitals haven’t provided them with sufficient protective equipment exposing them to infection. In Delhi, over 4,000 nurses are protesting, demanding better facilities.
Every Infant Matters has joined the fight to provide high quality protective equipment to hospital staff
Every Infant Matters partners with Shri Ram College of Commerce Alumni Association to carry out relief and distribution of essential items to low paid hospital workers who are in the frontlines in the fight against Covid-19. Dr. Girish Ahuja, President, and Mr. Avinash Gupta, Secretary of the SRCC Alumni Association are deeply concerned with the plight of frontline health workers. Mr. Avinash Gupta says: “Our Association wants to help those who are serving patients, but do not have the resources to buy their own personal protection kits, face shields and helmets. Nor can they buy unlimited supply of sanitisers and gloves and N-95 masks. We are honoured that we are able to help people like ambulance drivers, sanitary workers, nurses and their assistants, kitchen staff, ward boys and technicians, and are able to supply them with essential items for their protection against the deadly virus. ” SRCC Alumni Association has funded the purchase of PPE kits, sanitisers, face shields and protectove goggles, among other items. Every Infant Matters is distributing these in both government and private hospitals of Delhi.
We are supporting police personnel by distributing 200 face shields and 100 sanitisers in Noida.
Radhika Batra's insightful Podcast for Chris Notter
We are training a group of 1300 nuns who provide medical care in remote areas of 9 countries.
With health systems non existent in remote parts of the world, it is the nuns and Church groups who carry out mother and child care. Our Dedicated doctors training nuns and nurses in safe motherhood, and educating those who are doing mother and child care among the poorest of the poor living in remote areas, in India, Italy, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Sudan, South Africa (Johannesburg), Mozambique, Ethiopia, the Hawaiian islands in the US, Germany, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Papua New Guinea (PNG).
We partner with the Congregation of Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians (MSMHC) to provide the nuns with the necessary skills and expertise to assist them in serving a large community of the society efficiently and effectively. This is done by the way of training sessions that are held every week where we aim at acquainting them with factual information, hence, dispelling any myths or false data. Some of the sessions we have conducted addressed the general concepts related to pregnancy and the complications involved in the labour process. And with the spread of Coronavirus, we have introduced training sessions solely dedicated to helping the sisters understand the Covid-19 Infection Control policies. A community of doctors and the nurses have also been created via a Whatsapp Group where the nurses can post their queries with regards to certain aspects of a given medical process or emergency and the doctors provide them with the answers in almost no time. Such virtual assistance and networking ensure that the primary objective of EIM, as well as MSMHC is accomplished, i.e. to create a world with better accessibility to medical care and health-care services and facilities.
The Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians (MSMHC), has 216 Centres with sisters working in 61 dioceses of India, Italy, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Sudan, South Africa (Johannesburg), Mozambique, Ethiopia, the Hawaiian islands in the US, Germany, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Congregation is blessed with members belonging to 75 ethnic groups from India, Myanmar, Nepal, Hawaii, and Lesotho numbering 1300 members.
"We cannot let children die, or suffer disabilities or blindness, due to preventable causes" says Radhika Batra