The initiative will reach over 1.25 lakh people in four aspirational Districts of Maharashtra and 20 lakh people across the country
Piramal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Piramal Enterprises Limited (PEL), has launched significant initiatives to address the devastating impact of the second wave of Covid in India’s aspirational districts. The Foundation will set up 100 Covid Care Centres in rural and tribal blocks across 25 of the worst affected aspirational districts and home care support to the tribal and rural population with poor access to health services in 112 aspirational districts across India in partnership with Niti Aayog. Piramal Foundation will invest Rs 100 crores towards Covid relief.
The intervention seeks to reach 2 million people in 1143 blocks through a network of 1000+ NGOs and over 1 lac volunteers. In Maharashtra alone, it aims to reach 1.25 lakh people in 32 blocks of four aspirational districts of Gadchiroli, Nandurbar, Osmanabad and Washim.
Dr Swati Piramal, Public Health Expert and Vice-Chairperson, Piramal Enterprises said, “Anamaya, the Tribal Health Collaborative and other Piramal Foundation initiatives will help reduce the burden on the system and improve access to healthcare for the rural and tribal communities.”
100 30-bedded temporary Covid care centres are planned at the block level in 25 aspirational districts, including 4 districts in Maharashtra. Each centre will cater to the population in the catchment area of the associated primary health centre. These will be dedicated spaces for COVID positive, asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic cases to be isolated and cared for in a well-ventilated room with essential facilities.
Home Care Support will be provided to 20 lakh rural and tribal communities in 112 aspirational districts through 1,000+ NGOs and 1 lakh plus volunteers to support COVID patients and families as a viable alternative for asymptomatic, mild symptom patients seeking support from hospitals. Through local NGOs, the intervention will enlist and train volunteers to engage with patients based on in-bound/out-bounds calls to educate caretakers to follow COVID protocol and provide timely updates about patients.