COVID-19: Grace Cancer Foundation’s Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the entire world at a halt. While the lockdown has helped to reduce the spread of the virus, it has also turned out to be a bane for some. The poor migrant workers with no means of livelihood and underprivileged slum dwellers have faced many problems with loss of income, food shortages and basic amenities.

As part of the outbreak response, Grace Cancer Foundation has stepped forward and started a humanitarian appeal to support people to fight against COVID-19.

Contributions

With the sponsorship of Micron Technology and American Indian Foundation (AIF), Grace Cancer Foundation facilitated 300 ventilators to hospitals providing care to patients facing COVID-19. Out of which some of the ventilators were delivered to the Gandhi hospital, Osmania hospital and the Government Chest & General hospital, respectively. Grace Cancer Foundation has also facilitated 5,000 PPE kits and N-95 masks to these hospitals to help protect and enable medical staff carry out services to those in need.

Health-hygiene kits to migrant workers and low-income neighborhoods

To increase awareness on ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Grace Cancer Foundation facilitated hygiene kits with health-related guidelines to the workers in the construction sites with AIF and Micron Technology. In addition to these, 4 doctors 8 Medical health workers 16 ANM and 40 Volunteers actively participated in 30 days campaign and distributed 150000 cloth masks especially to the people who do not have enough money to purchase.

We, the team Ventiquest present Ventisearch, for COVID 19 pandemic, that guarantees quality healthcare at the click of a button. Ventisearch app provides a list of nearby hospitals along with the number of ICU beds and ventilators to the users, based on their location.

Development

With the commitment to serve the community and deliver the necessary solutions, Grace Foundation has been actively involved with some key developments to tackle the pandemic.

We established country’s first Mobile COVID ICU which was deployed near small towns of Telangana like Kottur and Jadcherla. The patients were kept in isolation and given treatment for COVID as per the requirement, which otherwise could have been a major challenge.

We also associated with Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS) and provided mobile clinics during Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal. This helped us in providing relief to around 2,000 people in the cyclone affected areas.

We have also been actively involved with health and hygiene interventions at Davangere Karnataka. Currently, the foundation is working on the convalescent plasma bank which will enable the recovered patients to donate their plasma for the treatment of COVID patients in the country.

Along with full support to the treatment and counseling of COVID patients, our foundation has also developed 3 research protocols highlighting how to prepare and respond to the COVID situation by using the available resources.

Engagement

Our Foundation is working closely with the concerned authorities to develop solutions for the ongoing health crisis throughout the country. We coordinated with GHMC along with the Health and Finance Ministry to identify the issues and came up with desirable actions to resolve them. We have conducted more than 20 sessions for awareness campaigns on TV and print media.

To tackle the grim situation of low-income group people, Grace Foundation in association with AIF and Micron facilitated medical care and COVID screening. Considering the lack of sanitation and hygiene, an RO Water Plant was also established to provide clean drinking water to the residents.

Apart from collaborating with HonorHealth located in Phoenix USA, we are also working closely with IIIT and Gandhi hospital on COVID-19 severity scoring using artificial intelligence.

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