Our response to COVID-19
Here’s a quick round-up of all the measures we’ve taken in our partner hospitals. A big thank you to our friends and supporters for continuing to champion our mission despite their difficult circumstances.
- With the ease in lockdown measures, our in-person nutrition counsels are now back on track in ALL except three hospitals
- In the three hospitals, where lockdown measures still hold, we continue with counselling via phone
- The following aid programs are functional in all hospitals:
- Lassi/ milkshake
- Monthly Ration
- Eggs and Bananas (in hospitals where Doctors have given a go-ahead)
- Hot meal and PSG programs continue to stay suspended
- We’ve created smaller ration bundles that can be easily procured and distributed to families through supply-chain partnerships with local vendors in and around the hospitals
- Small @ Rs.900/- per bundle
- Medium @ Rs.2100/- per bundle
- Large @ Rs.3200/- per bundle
For children who cannot access centres
We continue daily phone-based counselling in the following hospitals, where lockdown measures continue to exist:
- KEM, Mumbai
- Nair Hospital, Mumbai
- Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune
Ration distribution is being managed remotely through local partners in these hospitals.
Measures being taken by nutritionists to ensure the safety of children and their caregivers
We’ve put the following hygiene protocols in place for our nutritionists and social workers:
- Wash their hands as soon as they reach the hospital, and sanitise them
- Wear a mask and gloves through the day at the hospital
- Wash and sanitise hands after ward-rounds, before and after eating food and before leaving the hospital
- Maintain 6-ft distance while counselling parents
- Avoid close physical contact with the children
- Sanitise the measuring tape, pens, measuring cups and any other tools used during counselling
- Similar personal hygiene protocols for caregivers
Don’t let COVID stop a child’s fight against cancer.
The need for ration support is higher than ever now, especially with COVID related disruptions to daily livelihoods. It is often the only incentive for families to continue with their child’s treatment.