COVID-19 Emergency Response:
As whole India is fighting against noble corona virus with COVID 19 lockdown, the persons with disabilities especially the leprosy affected are struggling to simply survive. They have been worst hit as they have no savings for the next day and now they have to survive days with very limited resource they have left. The average family size is six per family. Though the government is taking great steps to take care of them through ration distribution they still need food and hygiene kits to survive and keep themselves safe from the virus. NLRIF is reaching out to them who are facing their toughest time right now.
Awareness is key, especially in rural areas and interiors. We at NLRIF with the support of our six mobile awareness teams are reaching out to the communities in the remote villages sensitizing them on symptoms and precautions of COVID-19, proper hand washing, proper use of masks and how to maintain social distancing as well their benefits.
Despite the challenges now on ground with the lockdown, our teams subject to Govt. and local authority permissions are now doing the following:
- Behavior Change through sensitization: The NLRIF covid-19 emergency response mobile teams, who we also call as Corona warriors are moving from village to village in the remote areas of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand sensitizing the communities through PA system and through demonstrations on proper hand washing, proper use of masks and social distancing.
- Providing MDT to leprosy affected in unreached locations: NLRIF covid-19 emergency response mobile teams are also keeping track of the leprosy affected living in the remote locations who are in need of MDT and ensuring that they get the medicines
- Emergency Food and Hygiene Kits: NLRIF covid-19 emergency response teams are continuously reaching out to individual and corporate donors to support the families of persons with disabilities mainly the leprosy affected with emergency essential and hygiene kits which include basic ration like Rice, Wheat, Spices, cooking oil etc. along with Corona protective gear like masks, bathing and washing soaps. for disadvantaged leprosy affected and their family of five members.The leprosy affected living in leprosy colonies in Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are more needy.
- General medicines & Self-care Kits: NLRIF is reaching out to donors to support the leprosy affected with general medicines like PCM, Digiene, Savlon, Betadine and bandages so that the disadvantaged and leprosy affected with ulcers and severe disability are able to take care of their health, ulcers and disabilities in this time of crisis.
All our team members are ensuring the safety precautions and directives of the Govt. while serving the communities.