Achieving milestones: 74,173 children in 5 countries saved from blindness
Serving the poorest of the poor in India, Kenya, Nigeria, Philippines & Dominican Republic, with last mile health solutions.
Serving the poorest of the poor in India, Kenya, Nigeria, Philippines & Dominican Republic, with last mile health solutions.
Honoured and humbled. Dr Radhika Batra received the Woman Transforming India Award from the United Nations and NITI Aayog, in view of her sterling service to humanity and exemplary contribution via Every Infant Matters
We partner with a leading local health NGO in the Phillipines, the Health Futures Foundation, Inc.
Covid has created seemingly insurmountable obstacles in implementation, fundraising, and building partnerships, but we have forged ahead in spite of challenges.
Health Futures Foundation, Inc. has been carrying out yeoman service to humanity by providing health at the very last mile. We are honoured to work alongside Health Futures Foundation, Inc. , an organisation renowned for its results and impact at grassroots level, and have started a one-year-long project of giving Vitamin A to 9000 children across six municipalities.
Vitamin A deficiency is widely prevalent in many countries in Asia and Africa, including the Philippines. The incidence here has been reported from 15 percent to 20 percent. “This is equivalent to 2.1 million children who are at risk of getting sick, blind, and even death if left untreated,” says Dr. Reynante L. Ordonio from the Philippine Rice Research Institute.
Health Futures Foundation and Every Infant Matters are together in 6 municipalities. We distribute 2 drops of Vitamin A to marginalized, malnourished children to save them from permanent blindness.
The project is being carried out in the Barangays (a Barangay is a cluster of villages or neighborhoods) in tandem with the government, and we extensively train Barangay Health Workers to include them in our projects. The work extends across 6 municipalities, one of them being a small island Capul, Northern Samar.
Mr. Ekpeyong Ekpeyong Effiok, Director Partnerships Africa for Every Infant Matters, realizes that a system change can be brought about via government support. He has received extensive support from public health officials in the country who believe in his mission and vision.
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 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 trainees per batch. We are proud that more than 60% of attendees are women and teenage 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. Ekpeyong Effiok, Director Partnerships Africa for Every Infant Matters, 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.
2. Youth Wing of the Nigerian Red Cross, Cross River State Branch, which is part of the International Committee of the Red Cross .
Leading newspaper of India Amar Ujala reports ration distribution by Every Infant Matters in areas devastated by floods. This entire ration distribution drive benefited those whose homes have been swept away in the recent floods, or those who have lost their jobs and livestock and even family members due to floods.
Amar Ujala writes about the distribution in villages Sirjepur, kavdhi, Kishanpur etc, that are situated on the river banks. Sadly, due to torrential rains, the rivers have burst their banks and the water spread far and wide, flooding fields and homes and plains.
As always￼, ￼￼￼hunger is the biggest enemy. As always, Crypto Relief came to the rescue and donated rations in huge quantities, and we have distributed close to 750,000 of grocery items to stave off hunger.
Bollywood heartthrob Sonu Sood is not just a celebrity, he is a man with a heart of gold whose purpose in life is to serve humanity. We are proud to partner with Sood charity Foundation to provide succour to thousands of people, tribals and homeless and hungry, who need protection from the bitter cold.
Trucks full of blankets have been dispatched to remote mountain villages in Uttarakhand, in Tehri Garhwal and Chamoli districts, and also to Musahar tribals of Uttar Pradesh living in abject poverty and deprivation. Every Infant Matters is ever so grateful to Sonu Sood for his philanthropic eandeavours that are fulfilling an urgent need.
On a practical note, these are warm and cozy blankets. They are of such a big size that a family of 4 can huddle inside and keep warm. When we visited the tribals, we were shocked to find them wearing flimsy cotton rags. These were barely enough to cover their bodies, forget about giving them warmth. Dr Radhika Batra, Founder and president of Every Infant Matters , conveys her deepest gratitude to Sonu Sood, a human being par excellence.
The Government of India awards the prestigious Prashasti Patra ( Certificate of recognition ) to Radhika for her efforts in COVID Relief. We are honored and proud, our Founder deserves these accolades
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 challenges she faced, how she overcame those challenges, and what were the lessons learnt from the pandemic.
"I am honored and humbled," says Dr Radhika Batra.
Selected from more than 3,500 nominations, researched by a team of reporters and vetted by an A-list panel of judges who are leaders in their industries, this year’s listees represent 22 countries and territories across the Asia-Pacific. Their ideas and unstoppable determination to better the world is ample inspiration to stay hopeful.
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 recorded 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.
"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.
Every Infant Matters is one of the organizations mentioned in the One Young World's Annual Impact Report 2020.
Please read full report here.
We celebrate the life of our Founder Director Mr Raj Kumar, who lost his life to Covid on May 7 2021, 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 courageous 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.
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 laborers 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 Medicos and Scientists Forum’ in New Delhi.
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We go around the city at odd hours, even in the middle of the night and in the early hours of morning. We find people shivering in the cold, and we give them blankets. Today we found little children doing acrobatics at street lights and begging for a living. Their eyes lit up with happiness when we gave them blankets and biscuits, providing both food and warmth to their malnourished bodies.
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 honored and privileged that we could serve the Musahar Tribals near Banaras, 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"
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 in the 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 distributing 3500 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 1000 in Latur, and shall continue to scale.
We serve those whose lives have been devastated by the Covid pandemic. Women and children abandoned. Laborers who have lost their jobs. Children whose dull eyes reflect the pain of their empty bellies. Marginalized communities like sex workers, transgenders, manual scavengers, 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 realize the chilling truth, that hunger can lead to devastating consequences, poor immunity, recurrent infections, and even permanent and irreversible blindness.”