Focus AreasMaternal and Newborn Health
Measures taken by SNEHA as response to COVID-19
In the current crisis of COVID-19 pandemic, the immunity of our beneficiaries is even more critical to prevent them from getting infected. Apart from the immediate relief work during the pandemic, we continue to work on improving the health of our beneficiaries, with special focus on malnutrition and anaemia among pregnant and lactating women, children and adolescents. We are also addressing issues like mental health and domestic violence arising as a result of increase in stress levels due to the fear of contracting COVID-19 and staying indoors in congested homes.
SNEHA works in slum communities in Mumbai (Dharavi, Wadala, Govandi, Mankhurd, Malvani, Kurla, Kandivali), Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Vasai-Virar, Mira-Bhayandar, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi-Nizampur directly reaching about 300,000 women and children and indirectly reaching over 1 million population. Currently the teams are working from home over phone/online to address the COVID-19 crisis through more than 8000 community-based volunteers as well as continuing our regular work on health and safety.
Educating slum communities on preventive measure like hand wash, personal hygiene, symptoms of COVID-19, proper usage of masks, significance of timely vaccination, tips on self-isolation, social distancing and other such precautions. This is done through direct phone calls to beneficiaries and through our community volunteers who help reach more community members. We conducted survey to assess vaccine coverage and vaccine hesitancy. We continue to educate and inform our communities on Covid-19 vaccines to increase uptake of the same.
Working with Government
We are working closely with senior Government functionaries at the city and state level to ensure continuity of health services for pregnant women, anaemic women/adolescents and immunisation of children; advocating for supply of rations at concessional rates, as announced by the Central Government and conducting online training for front-line healthcare workers on COVID-19. We are mobilizing communities for vaccination through public and public/private partnerships.
This includes distribution of food rations to needy families with no access to the public distribution system; supporting frontline health workers across the 7 Municipal Corporations with supply of masks and sanitizer bottles; continuation of counselling services to address mental health issues and cases of violence against women and children.
Our 24/7 crisis helplinesand the One Stop Centre (OSC) at KEM Hospital are functional and we are providing phone and online counselling to women and children in distress. Read more here.