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Holistic Health For All Infants Worldwide
Holistic Health For All Infants Worldwide
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.
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:
Dr Radhika Batra speaks to the Collegiate Entrepreneurial Organisation, Delhi University, about the challenges of being a social entrepreneur, the ups and downs, the Eureka moments, why her work matters so much to her, and most importantly, how she learned from failures.
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.
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 to low paid hospital staff like ward boys, technicians, ambulance drivers, sanitary and housekeeping staff. We have sent supplies to the following:
· KEM 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
We have distributed 2100 masks, 1300 sanitisers, 100 protective goggles, 270 face shields, and 1325 Hazmat suits or Personal protective kits and 1200 N-95 masks so far.
Last week we supplied sanitisers to cleaning and housekeeping staff of Lucknow University, UP, India.
Mumbai and Delhi – the two cities worst hit by Covid-19 – are facing an acute shortage of nurses. More than 1,000 nurses returned to their hometowns from Mumbai when the lockdown eased, while didn't show up after their quarantine. All this has tripled the workload of those who are soldiering on. 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.
The exodus has started. 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 to 950 people
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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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. Theye 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
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.
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 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
1. Blindness Prevention: More than 25,120 children have been given Vitamin A to save them from going blind, in India and Nigeria
2. Deworming: 21,155 children have been given deworming tablets
3. Prenatal Vitamins to Disadvantaged Mothers . Given to 27050 pregnant women
4. Holistic health care: 32,000 disadvantaged families educated on breast feeding, immunisation, hygiene, hand washing techniques.
5, Promoting equality: More than 32,000 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
"I am honoured and humbled," says Dr Radhika Batra.
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We have carried out a series of health camps in Nigeria.
Recently, a large scale camp was carried out in Ekori community, Yakurr LGA in Cross River State, Nigeria, from 28th to 30th December, 2019. More than 2700 pregnant women attended. Each women was gifted a bottle or high quality vitamins. each bottle contained 180 tablets, to last for 6 months of pregnancy.
"We are excited about our partnership with Every Infant Matters and also with the great support given by the government, local authorities, and the communities themselves" says Ekpneyong Effiok, SGx Director Calabar. Ekpenyong Effiok wants to scale the project across Nigeria and replicate in other countries of Africa.
"Childhood Health begins in the womb itself" says Dr Radhika Batra. "14.6 per cent of all babies born globally are of low birthweight. They are more likely to die during their first month of life. Those who survive face lifelong consequences including a higher risk of stunted growth, lower IQ, and adult-onset chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. To grow a healthy baby, mothers need good nutrition, rest, adequate antenatal care, and a clean environment. We provide mothers with the essential prenatal vitamins to support the growth and development of the baby in the womb"