COVID-19 Impact Stories from the ground!

COVID-19 Impact Stories from the ground! 150 150 uw india

UNITED WAY BARODA

United Way Baroda staff in collaboration with Gujarat Police distributing hot pack meals to the indigent communities from April 1, 2020 during COVID-19 lockdown across the country.

United Way India network as part of their immediate COVID-19 response initiative is working in areas that are most vulnerable or at greatest risk–indigent communities consisting of laborers and daily wage workers, etc who form the base of the social pyramid. This section of the society is deprived of numerous social welfare schemes and economic support and remains mostly affected during unprecedented disasters.

United Way Baroda in collaboration with Gujarat civic authorities and officials under police supervision, has started distributing hot pack meals daily to the most vulnerable and socio-economically weaker sections from April 1 till the lockdown period, considering utmost safety and hygienic protocols laid down by international medical regulatory bodies during service delivery.   

UNITED WAY DELHI

On 22nd March 2020, as the country entered its first phase of Lockdown, motivated by the motto that United Way envisions i.e. United We Fight, United We Win, the United Way Delhi team exhibited dedication towards emergency response right from the very onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a task force team on the backend, a brave UWD team braced to work on the ground.

The on-ground team made sure that all mandated emergency and quarantine protocols are being followed at every step. They even decided to stay insulated from their families at a dedicated apartment with enthusiasm towards the advancement of the common good. United Way Delhi’s response aimed at enabling supplies to hospitals including PPE kits, Gloves, Sanitizers, Masks, Testing kits, etc to aid the ongoing efforts of the state medical departments towards fighting the deadly Coronavirus. The Delhi team provided uninterrupted and relentless support to the medical professionals, para-medical staff, nurses, and other health care workers so that they continue to perform their duties with necessary protective gear and adequate medical equipment.

43000 triple layer masks, 26000 gloves, 10350 N-95(Euro Grade masks), 3600 bottles of hand sanitizers, 500 liters of hand wash liquid, 950 liters of floor disinfectants, 2732 PPE kits and 139 states of art curative medical equipment have been provided to the health care centers and hospitals so far by United Way Delhi.

The United Way Delhi team has faced a plethora of challenges during these interventions like ensuring authentic and genuine vendors and products, managing infection risks to the ground team, limited logistical support due to lockdown posed challenges with the delivery of supplies in certain areas and restricted time-bound movement created some level of complication with scheduling and planning.

Dr. Shuchin Bajaj of Ujala Cygnus Hospital in Delhi has expressed immense gratitude towards the entire United Way Delhi team for timely replenishment and reinforcement of the rapidly depleting protective gear, testing kits, etc, hand sanitizers, floor disinfectants, etc. He took to social media saying, “The power of Friendship continues. We have been struggling for good quality personal protective equipment including masks and it has created a big hurdle in our path of providing high-quality healthcare services to the most disadvantaged of communities. Our friends though are determined to get us over this obstacle in any way possible. Sachin Golwalkarsaw our struggles and made it his mission to get us PPE kits, masks, face shields and goodies we could not have imagined. What’s more he drove all the way and delivered everything himself. Thank you so much United Way Delhi, Sachin, Pallavika, Daud, and your entire team for this noble gesture. We can’t thank you enough. Forever indebted to you.”

UNITED WAY MUMBAI

The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 31,490 on April 29, 2020. With 9,318 Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra has registered the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country. To fight back in these unprecedented times, and to reach the unreached population across the Mumbai metropolitan region, United Way Mumbai with all the collective efforts are scaling up on a war footing to aid & protect those at the front lines while supporting & providing services to the unserved population.

The team has been working with families that have lost income because of the lockdown and providing ration and essentials kits to them. Alongside providing the PPE kits to hospitals, the team stepped further for the safety of the medical workers. The United Way Mumbai team has two BAMS doctors (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) in their staff. They are certified by the government of Maharashtra as practicing doctors. With the support of these two medical professionals, the training sessions on safety measures are conducted in the hospitals of Mumbai.

109200 three-ply-masks, 9825 N-95 masks, 5500 face shields, 9828 PPE Kits, 11 COVID 19 testing kits, installed 4 handwashing stations, and 3300 Hand Wash Liquid soap were distributed. The team is currently working with 22 hospitals across the country. Apart from these, United Way Mumbai is also in the process of sourcing 19 ventilators that will be installed in different hospitals.

The team faces many challenges during the intervention like to set up a strict quality check process to source PPE kits, the staggering deliveries, and less quantity in which they get the supplies from the manufacturers. And they have lost the last-mile connectivity with the community people as the team is now dependent on partner NGOs to distribute the ration and essential kits due to limited accessibility.

To lower the risk of exposing family members to get infected by the coronavirus, the United Way team is staying in a hotel since April first week. The dedication and enthusiasm to fight back this virus are now helping the team to work more efficiently.