Achieving milestones: 54,173 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.
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.
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.
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
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 that we could be part of extensive health camps held across Delhis slums.
225 health camps were organised on Jan 17 by the National Medicoes Organisation, where more than 17,000 slum dwellers were given free health check up and primary care. More than 1000 doctors volunteered.
Proud and happy that 4517 slum children given Vitamin A and deworming tablets on one day
We partnered with a local grassroot NGO to serve toddlers in 87 Government schools . We gave both vitamin A and deworming to 1100 children 0-5 years.
These schools are located in peripheral villages of Karnal in tehsil and blocks, such as Uchana, Nilokheri, SamanaBahu, Ramnagar kacchwa road, Munak, and many more.
Our dedicated health workers go by ambulance over half paved roads and dust tracks to serve the benficiaries
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 Advisory 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.
Every Infant Matters is distributing masks and hand sanitisers to homeless people, especially children, who are malnourished and vulnerable. They live in unhygienic conditions and survive on meagre scraps of food. Even though the disease progression in children is mild, they may pass on the virus to others who fall in the high risk category. This small step taken in the right direction may help flatten the curve. We have partnered with a local NGO called Donate a Meal, this has shelters, free meals and distribution drives for homeless people.
In Benaras, we have distributed groceries to the musahaar tribals who are the poorest of the poor.
We have given Deworming tablets, 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.
We have snt 500 Masks and 500 sanitisers to Churu Rajasthan, for distribution in slums and hospitals.
We are now giving Prenatal vitamins to COVID Positive pregnant women in government hospitals in New Delhi.
Every Infant Matters is distributing masks and hand sanitisers to women and children living in remote areas of the North East. We work in partnership with CDI, Centre for Development Initiative, based out of Gawhati, Assam. This is the development wing of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians (MSMHC), an organization dedicated to the service of marginalized communities, especially women, girls and children, from Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Maharastra, Nagaland, Orissa and Tripura. A pharmaceutical supplier is arranging these commodities for us at highly subsidised rates.
Dedicated COVID warrior, Ekpeneyong Effiok, who is also the Director Partnerships, Africa, for Every Infant Matters, talks about how he with his committed and driven team are serving disadvantaged communities at the time of this pandemic.
Young schoolgirls, 2 sisters Madhulika and Niharika from India, are dirstributing food and groceries to hungry people in India
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