Achieving milestones: 50,173 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.
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.
1. Preventing blindness in children
2. Holistic health program
3. Promoting breast feeding
5. Promoting gender equality
6. Dispelling harmful myths and educating families on hygiene and proper hand washing techniques
7. Distribution of prenatal vitamins to marginalised pregnant women.
8. Preventing stigma and discrimination to those with Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDs or blindness
9. COVID-19 Relief Work
10. Training 1,000,000 Community health Workers in Nigeria
11. Training nuns and nurses in 7 countries on mother and child care and safe deliveries
1. Blindness Prevention: More than 50,173 children have been given Vitamin A to save them from going blind, in India and Nigeria
2. Deworming: 44,155 children have been given deworming tablets
3. Prenatal Vitamins to Disadvantaged Mothers . Given to 29,500 pregnant women
4. Holistic health care: 55,834 disadvantaged families educated on breast feeding, immunisation, hygiene, hand washing techniques.
5, Promoting equality: More than 53,834 families educated to prevent gender inequalities, and prevent stigma due to TB, HIV/AIDS and blindness
6. Distribution of masks, soaps, hand sanitisers and food to support the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic
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 1,000,000 VOLUNTEERS: Jeksume Foundation is now recruiting 1,000,000 youths online 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 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
"This is the best Diwali of my life" says Dr Radhika Batra. "We distributed sweets and gifts to 200 disabled children from disadvantaged backgrounds, with all kinds of physical and intellectual disabilities.... most of their parents have lost their jobs in the pandemic. I'm glad we could really light up the festive season for them, and give them some smiles amongst the otherwise murky waters of despair. "
Diwali is all about festivity and celebration and lights. But there are those who are doomed to a life of darkness. They face physical, emotional and mental challenges, stigma and discrimination, they are unloved and unwanted.
Every Infant Matters is lucky to be given this opportunity of spreading light in their lives. We are supporting a school for differently abled children in Maharashtra and we hope to continue this long term
This Diwali we have started a new project. There are 5000 families in the flood ridden areas around the Tea Gardens of Assam. These 25,000 people need medical help, food, and masks. We have partnered with CDI, a local NGO, and our volunteers are providing relief work. They also hcarry our deworming of children, and distribution Vitamin A to prevent irreversible blindness, and vitamins to pregnant women.
"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 .
EMINENT REPORTER JOI JOHN from Washington DC is in conversation with Dr Radhika Batra:
Joi John talks of childhood mortality as a potentially disturbing and distressing subject. Inspite of huge advances in science, 15000 children under the age of 5 years die every day. Radhika talks about the need, the solutions, the urgent last-miles required for immunisation which she feels is the most cost effective and efficacious method for minimising childhood mortality.
listen to this exciting online interview here:
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