• Manipur Covid Stories

The Covid-19 Response Through Collaboration Bringing Smiles to People's Faces - Kamjong District

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

The Wipro Foundation, Azim Premji Foundation, Friends from Switzerland, well-wishers in collaboration with Recognize Rise and Empower Association, a non-profit organization based in Manipur is creating ripples among last-mile communities of Kamjong District, Manipur around the Indo-Myanmar region of the country.

They have impacted more than 1500 families, 500 student families, 30 frontline workers manning the only Community Health Centre (CHC) in the region functioning almost with nil infrastructure with dry rations, sanitary soaps.

More than 8000 kgs of rice, 3000 kgs of dal and 3000 pieces of soap have been distributed until now in this border region of Kamjong District.

They have equipped the Community Health Centre (CHC) with PPE which was not there in the whole district and made possible by Azim Premji Foundation for Development and the existing PHCs has also been equipped with PPE in all Sub-divisions along with three Assam Rifle check posts around the region.

It may be noted that the CHC Labour Room was equipped with solar lights in collaboration between Selco Foundation, Mangaal and RREA which have seen 24 child deliveries of the region and hospital staff mentioning that most of the night cases have been possible because of the solar lights.

The current relief work undertaken has led the team to travel over 300 kilometres of difficult mountainous terrain with a truck called Shaktiman and young people from the community is taking ownership to be volunteers in this challenging times.

As the conversation with the people continues, the Community response to manage pandemic crisis will only be successful by strengthening healthcare infrastructure, supply chain and capacity at the last mile, livelihood support for daily wage earners, preparation for pre-harvest crops to sustain food stocks, engagement of school students and educators with the students around this region with indigenous knowledge revolving around life skills and resilience.

The remoteness of these vulnerable communities makes them the most susceptible to the successive wave of infection spread if the community transmission starts. Building the capacity of these communities to be resilient in times like this is of utmost priority and urgency.

Some of the challenges as we see now are the

  • Difficult terrain making last-mile access extremely challenging

  • Lack of information due to lack of connectivity

  • Poor public health infrastructure

We must follow a collaborative model for development as most problems are multitude and require more than one organisation to be able to solve it.

The threat for the region is not just of the internal threat but of also the porous Indo-Myanmar boundary along with the under-resourced health centres, as well as the daily ration for sustenance as we have seen migration from the cities and towns to villages but without any resources as a result of which the resources in the villages are getting depleted.

We thank everyone for the support and we will fight this pandemic with Love, Care and Resilience one day at a time.

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