AID’s COVID relief recap: May 17-May 30

Here is a summary of another two weeks (May 17 – May 30) in AID’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

The Shwaas app developed by AID’s partner JSS. Picture taken from

We kicked off with a story about MANTRA, an organization putting together health guidelines designed to enable communities in Kolkata, in particular children, to deal with the pandemic. In fact, AID and its partners are helping children all over India who have experienced immense disruptions to their lives as a result of the pandemic.

We continued our detailed coverage of different grassroots partners and their activities. AID’s longtime partner, Jan Swasthya Sahyog, developed an app called Shwaas that helps frontline workers supporting COVID patients make informed decisions quickly about treatment options to pursue. In Tamil Nadu, AID-India’s field workers are creating awareness about COVID-19, encouraging vaccination, conducting door-to-door screening of home-quarantined patients, and distributing rations to the needy. We also reported how MBBCDS continues to raise awareness and mitigate vaccine hesitancy in Birbhum, West Bengal.

Dr. Arun Gadre, SATHI, trains activists in 20 blocks of Maharashtra to staff hospital helpdesks

In Maharashtra, SATHI continues to expand hospital help desks in rural areas and other districts. This is part of a larger story about AID’s focus on help desks and helplines directed at marginalized communities in rural areas.  Finally, in an uplifting story, AID volunteer Ravi Yadav helped supply oxygen concentrators and other emergency equipment for a hospital in the district of Mahendragarh, Haryana.

The pandemic is still ravaging rural India. Even though media attention is mostly restricted to the urban centres, your support will be critical for these communities as they navigate the coming weeks and months. See how $1000 is being used to save lives through initiatives launched by AID’s partners!

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