#COVIDActionCollab & Sesame Street |Webinar | Early Childhood care and Education Solutions

Covid Action Collab hosted a webinar on providing early childhood care and providing education solutions in the new normal.  The session covered the following: The need to focus on ECCE and more so the urgency being identified by Covid Sesame’s work around the world and in India Strengths and strategies adopted by Sesame for children aged 3-8 years and parents Given […]

Health: In conversation with Arun Ramanujapuram of Logistimo

Logistimo improves lives and businesses by strengthening supply chains to connect remote communities to essential products, services and opportunities. They have a mobile-enabled platform for supply chain management that provides inventory management, order management, demand forecasting, inventory optimization, remote temperature monitoring (for cold-chains) and transportation logistics management. Logistimo’s software and solutions help organizations working in low resource regions – typically […]

Vihara Innovation Network: Driving Behavioral Research and Design for Covid-19

Established in 2002, Vihara Innovation Network is a social impact firm dedicated to building and scaling innovations that enhance human health, well-being and social equity under the unfolding horizon of technology and climate change. It has two complimentary parts; an innovation oriented consulting for development and impact sectors and an accelerator for impact start-ups. It has led over 200 mid […]

Empowering lives of women in sex work during COVID-19 and otherwise: In Conversation with Hareesh B S, CEO, Swathi Group of Organisations.

Swathi Mahila Sangha (SMS) is one of the largest Community-Based Organisations (CBO) for women in sex work (WSW) in Karnataka. It strives to bring equity, equality, dignity and empowerment in the lives of WSW. Swathi Jyoti, promoted by SMS, is a community managed, mutually aided cooperative, providing financial services to its members.  Team CAC caught up with Hareesh B S, […]

Enabling Livelihoods during COVID-19: In Conversation with LabourNet Services Pvt. Ltd.

“It’s been so rich for me, with so many people volunteering time and energy to make things happen”- Gayathri Vasudevan, Chairperson, LabourNet Services Pvt. Ltd. LabourNet Services is a social enterprise that enables sustainable livelihoods for disadvantaged men, women and youth in urban and rural areas. It facilitates financial inclusion and social security measures to workers. Team CAC spoke to […]

SNEHA: Webinar on Prevention of Violence against Women and Children

SNEHA’s Program on Prevention of Violence against Women and Children aims to develop high‐impact strategies for primary prevention, ensure survivors’ access to protection and justice, empower women to claim their rights, mobilise communities around ‘zero tolerance for violence,’ and respond to the needs and rights of excluded and neglected groups. The program prioritises enhanced co-ordination of the state response to […]

In conversation with Mr. Jimmy Nirmal from Sara Seva Sansthan Samiti

Sara Seva Sansthan Samiti is a  non profit organization in 2011 and works with a network of volunteers and smaller core staff in the Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh. This district is majorly inhabited by  tribal communities who are highly vulnerable due to the lack of access to public services. The remote location and overlapping borders of the states of […]

In conversation with the Centre for Migration and Inclusive Development

The Centre for Migration and Inclusive Development (CMID) is an independent non-profit devoted to migration and inclusive development in India. Set up by a fraternity of international development experts in 2016, CMID has been advocating for and promoting the social inclusion of migrants and other socially disadvantaged populations since its inception. It is a robust, innovative and well resourced organization […]

Webinar: Innovative Solutions for Delivering Healthcare during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Webinar Objective and Target Audience  Audience: Private clinicians, clinic and hospital management for both public and private sector  Organizers: This webinar is being organized by the #COVIDActionCollab- a collaborative of various individuals, companies and NGOs that have come together to respond to the COVID19 pandemic in India. This group has partners with expertise in areas of Public Health, Medicine, Engineering, […]

Webinar: Social Protection and Livelihoods Response for Farmers, MSMEs, Fisherfolk and Marginalized Communities

CAC Partners working towards ensuring Social Protection and Livelihoods for vulnerable communities came together on May 28th to exchange knowledge and ideas, and identify areas of collaboration. The webinar entailed a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on Farmers, FPOs, Sex Workers, Transgenders, Fisherfolk, Factory workers, MSMEs, Migrants and Artisans. The webinar also featured Vrutti, a livelihoods nonprofit, and its […]

Driving calibrated response to COVID-19: a story of fortress enthusiasm and values

As we grapple with a pandemic that came out of nowhere and wreaked havoc across the world, the CoVID Action Collaborative is tackling the situation differently – by using crisis as an opportunity to bring communities, urban and rural, together and making relief accessible to places where hope has been abandoned. The Collaborative is a body of experts and organizations […]

In conversation with UrbanMorph: Ensuring post lockdown compliance of safe practices by retail shops

“If the Collaborative wasn’t there, we would not have gone into piloting this campaign with such confidence.”   Urban Morph is a change engine, incubating urban solutions that are at the intersection of planning, social behaviour change and technology. With rich experience in Urban Planning, Design and Analytics and working with varied stakeholders, they  transform Urban Spaces through data and […]

Factories: In conversation with Irshad Mecca, M.D. of Farida Group

Highlights from Farida’s COVID-19 response “The key word for Farida’s COVID-19 response has been empathy. Our key action was to reach out to our 28,000 employees and share with them credible information related to the virus. We conducted daily health checks for 95 percent of the workforce and their families, covering over 97,000 people daily.  We are paying not only […]

Supporting the Migrants: In Conversation with Inchara Foundation’s Preetham Rodrigues

The Inchara Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation based in Mangalore, Karnataka that works to enhance children’s health and safety and address the issue of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). The organisation strives to protect children from abuse, equip children and their caregivers with strategies for prevention and self-help, and provide survivors of CSA with support, care and rehabilitation. It provides capacity […]

COVID Action Collab – Governing Council Meeting Update

The Governance Council steers and guides the Collaborative in an accountable and transparent manner to enable it to achieve its purpose through the collaborative framework. The group meets fortnightly and reviews developments, shares ideas / concepts and makes relevant connections. This update is from the July 22nd meeting of the Governing council. CAC GC 22 July – Update.

Dr. Khushwant Singh, PhD on the “Support group Lucknow Covid 19”

“Support group Lucknow Covid 19” is a Citizen’s Initiative to help the needy and destitute providing them with relief during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was initiated by few individuals in the last week of March 2020 just after the lockdown. This group consists of many people from Non Governmental Organizations (NGO), International NGOs, Media Personnel, other Professionals, Activists, Community Based […]

COVID Action Collab: Moving from a virus-centric reaction to a people-centric response

Written by Arpita Sharma Let’s not lose hope in humanity, instead live to help others. We can make a difference. – Anonymous This quote aptly sums up the motto of the Covid Action Collaborative, an initiative launched by Swasti – a part of the Catalyst Group, India. Members of the collaborative have deep experience working in public health, community outreach, […]

Health: In conversation with Dr. Dhruv Joshi of Cloudphysician

Written by Jaya Raizada Cloudphysician is a healthcare technology company that aims to blend quality healthcare with modern technology to increase the ICU capacity of small and medium sized hospitals. Their smart-ICU solution allows their intensivists (certified critical care physicians) – located at the command center in Bangalore – to connect remotely to hospital ICUs across the country and leverage […]

My Encounters with COVID-19 Victims

COVID-19 left several people dead across the Globe but the indirect victims of the pandemic were those affected by the long lockdown. Written by Arvind Kamath   On 24th March 2020, Prime Minister Modi ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days starting 25th March until 14th April, limiting movement of the entire 1.3 billion population of India as a preventive […]

Human Resources: In conversation with Anchal Kakkar and Mridhula Sridharan of Arthan

Arthan is a technology-driven human capital company that aims to prepare young people to realise their true potential. Their mission is to equip students with the right knowledge, tools and resources to enable them to make informed decisions about their future. Arthan works in partnership with Government, businesses, schools and civil society organizations to deliver high quality, affordable career planning […]

Human Resources: In conversation with Vyoma Prasad of ResilienceWorks

ResilienceWorks is a four-year-old Mental Health Counselling Organisation in India. They offer emotional, psychological and professional support to families and individuals. ResilienceWorks usually conducts face to face counselling and has now been providing telephone and video counselling services as part of the CovidActionCollab. The CAC Team spoke to Ms Vyoma Prasad of ResilienceWorks to learn more about their work.   […]

Materials: In conversation with Gowri Shanker from The Royal Surgicals

The Royal Surgicals, a member of the CovidActionCollab, is a supplier of surgical items. The CAC Team spoke to Gowri Shanker from The Royal Surgicals to understand their experience as part of the COVID-19 response.   What have been your key actions, initiatives and outcomes around the COVID-19 response? We started by creating awareness about the symptoms of COVID-19 and […]

Health: In conversation with Kranthi Vysyaraju, Ashoojit Anand and Dr Ramakrishna Prasad of PCMH/Aveksha

PCMH Clinic and Aveksha Home Care are healthcare organisations with a national presence in India. PCMH attends to about 800 patients in their clinic. As of last December, their patient-retention rate was 96%. Most patients are elderly, who avail their services for palliative care and chronic conditions. PCMH and Aveksha have been helping vulnerable communities as part of the CovidActionCollab. […]

Materials: In conversation with Vijay Jain from Raj Pharma

Raj Pharma, a member of the CovidActionCollab, is a pharmaceutical distributor. They are a wholesaler in Bangalore. The CAC Team spoke to Vijay Jain from Raj Pharma to understand their experience as part of the COVID-19 response so far.   What have been your key actions, initiatives and outcomes around the COVID-19 response? We have provided sanitisers, N-95 masks and […]

Field Diaries from Covid Action Collab partners with Migrants – Live webinar notes

25 APRIL 2020 / 11:00 AM  Context Setting by Shaonli Chakraborty, Swasti Currently, as we are witnessing global health pandemic  we are also leading to a social and economic crisis. The most affected are  specially to formal and informal workers almost a 10 million population – experiencing a serious threat to their livelihood, safety and overall well being.  Despite being […]

Dr.Hema Divakar- On setting up fever clinics that work

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the metropolitan municipal corporation of Bangalore, has started fever clinics in the city, inviting public-private partnership as the city continues its fight against COVID-19. These clinics will work on all days including government holidays from 9 am to 4.30 pm and hold fever test camps within its premises. We have been collaborating with Dr.Hema […]

Ways the Apparel Industry can respond to the COVID pandemic

As a part of the COVID action response, the government has already taken initial steps by imposing a nationwide lockdown along with a multitude of relief measures for the needy and vulnerable. There is a resumption of industrial activities in certain pockets, with some restrictions to control infection spread and promote prevention. However, the uncertainty over the regulations as per […]

Summary of Migrant Field Diaries Partners’ Meet | 25th April 2020

Field Diaries from Covid Action Collab partners with Migrants – live webinar notes  25 APRIL 2020 / 11:00 AM    Context Setting by Shaonli Chakraborty, Swasti Currently, as we are witnessing global health pandemic  we are also leading to a social and economic crisis. The most affected are  specially to formal and informal workers almost a 10 million population – […]

The COVID-19 Response of MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child

MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child, a member of the CovidActionCollab shared their experience as part of the COVID-19 response so far. What have been your key actions, initiatives and outcomes around the COVID-19 response? First and foremost, MAMTA invested in training all 880 of their employees for on-ground COVID work and gave them context-specific protective gear. MAMTA’s main […]

COVID Action Collab: Moving from a virus-centric reaction to a people-centric response

COVID Action Collab: Moving from a virus-centric reaction to a people-centric response By Arpita Sharma   Let’s not lose hope in humanity, instead live to help others. We can make a difference. – Anonymous This quote aptly sums up the motto of the Covid Action Collaborative, an initiative launched by Swasti – a part of the Catalyst Group, India. Members […]

Long Walk Home – Lessons to help stranded migrants in India from Mr. Anand Kumar, PHIA Foundation

  To contain the spread of COVID-19, the government of India invoked the 2005 National Disaster Management Act (NDMA) and, on March 24th, 2020, declared a national lockdown in the larger interest of the nation’s public health and safety. While quarantine is one of the oldest disease control methods in existence and Mr. Kumar agrees, he was concerned about the […]

Highlights from Partners’ Meet, April 11th 2020

The COVID Action Collaborative held its weekly Partners’ Meet on Saturday, April 11th. This week’s webinar featured three partners on the panel- Urban Morph, Siriti and Change Alliance.   The Panel:  Urban Morph, an urban spaces organisation in Bengaluru, is delivering essential items to the elderly in the city with the help of cycling enthusiasts. Urban Morph is looking for partners […]

Human Resources: In conversation with Ashwini Bhat of Swasti

          Swasti is a key public health partner of the CovidActionCollab. Ashwini Bhat, People Process Partner at Swasti, shared with us her experience of being part of the COVID-19 response so far.   What have been your key actions, initiatives and outcomes around the COVID-19 response? We have set up a COVID-19 Response Command Centre tasked […]

Calibrated Response: In conversation with Anand Kumar of PHIA Foundation

      PHIA Foundation is a charity tackling poverty in India. They have been helping stranded migrants as part of the CovidActionCollab. The CAC Team spoke to Mr. Anand Kumar of PHIA Foundation to learn more about their work as part of the COVID-19 response.   What have been your key actions, initiatives and outcomes around the COVID-19 response? […]

Finance: In conversation with Ronak Sheth of IIFL Private Wealth

IIFL Wealth is a private wealth management firm that is part of the CovidActionCollab. We spoke to Ronak Sheth from IIFL Wealth to understand their efforts around the COVID-19 response.   What have been your key actions, initiatives and outcomes around the COVID-19 response? IIFL has been doing multiple things. We have reached out to a couple of NGOs who […]

Materials: In conversation with Rachit Malhotra from International Scientific Instrument Co.

International Scientific Instrument Co. (ISIC), a member of the CovidActionCollab, is a supplier of medical and laboratory products. The CAC Team spoke to Rachit Malhotra from ISIC to understand their experience as part of the COVID-19 response so far. What have been your key actions, initiatives and outcomes around the COVID-19 response? We have been dealing in medical and laboratory […]

Communications: In conversation with Padmini Murray of Design Beku

      DesignBeku supports the communications response to COVID-19 as a member of the CovidActionCollab. The CAC team spoke to Padmini Murray from DesignBeku to understand their experience of being part of the COVID-19 response so far.   What have been your key actions, initiatives and outcomes around the COVID-19 response? At DesignBeku, everything we do relates to the […]

I went to get tested for COVID-19 and this is my story!

Dear Friends, I am Rhea Narielwalla, a 23-year-old Monitoring and Evaluation Officer from Swasti – The Health Catalyst. My work takes me into multiple garment factories where I learn about worker wellbeing and help design innovative methods to help workers easily access quality and affordable health and wellbeing services. Given the panic and curiosity around COVID-19 I wanted to share […]

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