25
Apr

Reaching the unreached: TRU in Gujarat

Trust for Reaching the Unreached or TRU is one of our partners in Gujarat, that works to improve health in rural Gujarat through community based interventions. More about TRU here.

Here is the most recent update, from March-April.

Food materials to 110 families:

One of their initiatives is a high school for girls in the tribal district of Panchmahals and a girls’ hostel that is situated next door to the high school that the girls attend. When the lockdown was announced, all these girls were sent back to their homes. Left-over food in the hostel was packaged and distributed to 110 families during the last week of March and first week of April.A second round of food distribution was donemid-April. Food was purchased and 400 kits of food were distributed to Coronavirus affected families.

 

 

Masks for TRU team and hospitals: 

Gitaben, a TRU volunteer, has been making masks for the TRU healthcare team and its patients.There is also a request for masks from local hospitals. Because of the high demand, TRU has been looking for additional suppliers of masks.

 

 

 

 

Counselling and raising awareness:

The lockdown has taken a toll on the mental health of the community, with stress and concern about the future. TRU social workers have started counselling for affected people.

 

 

Psychiatric clinics:

Sunday psychiatric clinics in Ghoghamba and Shivrajpur have been continued even after the lockdown. Pictures are from pre-covid times hence no masks and gloves. Currently, all safety practices are being followed. 

Medicines to mentally ill patients:
Medicines were distributed during the first week of lock down (March 23-28) to make sure patients do not miss dosage during lockdown.

 

Mental health education:

Using the time of lockdown, some workers were motivated to produce posters about mental health education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRU has been on-the-ground each day, distributing food, supplies, checking on the emotional well-being of these communities that have been hit hard. They need your support.

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