India: In cooperation with Niti Aayog, the Piramal Foundation will establish up to 100 Covid Care Centres in rural and tribal blocks across 25 of the most hit Aspirational district.
The foundation will provide Home Care Support to the tribal and rural population with low access to health facilities in 112 Aspirational areas throughout India to tackle the present emergency caused by the second wave of Covid-19.
Piramal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Piramal Enterprises Limited (PEL), will fund INR 100 crores towards COVID Relief in India.
The major project will focus on the severe effects of Covid’s second wave in India’s Aspirational Districts.
Through a network of 1000+ NGOs and over 1 lakh volunteers, the operation seeks to deliver 2 million individuals in 1143 blocks.
It seeks to reach 1.25 lakh individuals in 32 blocks throughout four Aspirational Districts of Gadchiroli, Nandurbar, Osmanabad, and Washim in Maharashtra alone.
Dr. Swati Piramal, Public Health Expert, and Vice-Chairperson Piramal Enterprises Limited said, “There is a need for urgent and innovative action to address this gap. ‘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.”
The four Aspirational Districts of Maharashtra have been among the most impacted. There were 1.6 lakh cases in these districts, with close to 3063 fatalities. The figure is dangerously rising, with over 3.3 percent of Maharashtras deaths occurring in these aspirational areas.
“This pandemic has reiterated the power of collaboration for all of us. The support from philanthropic partners and civil society organisations has contributed immensely to each district’s preparedness and COVID response.
Piramal Foundation has been a crucial member of our COVID task force in Nandurbar, they have been supporting us in the Aspirational Districts Programme for three years now and with this second wave, they’ve left no stone unturned in supporting us with providing essential medical supplies, following up with home isolation centres, hand holding the on-ground staff, mobilising communities for covid vaccination, and popularising COVID appropriate behaviour through community and tribal influencers,”
said the District Magistrate, Nandurbar, Maharashtra.