In the mid-months of 2019, the market was completely exhausted of hand sanitizer in the city of Kolkata, India and blackmarketting has already been started. Although higher and middle communities have taken precautions, the lower class or marginal class remain at high risk of infection. Sanitizer is a basic and first line of deference against the virus and it should be made available to all the citizen.
However, as per the regulation from Govt. of India, mass gathering is not acceptable in this situation. Therefore, our plan was to train youths of the city who will execute the entire work plan in their respective slums. Three slums were selected based on a robust need assessment survey by me and my team of volunteers. We select one youth master trainer from each slum and trained them through demonstration and provide the material to maximize the outreach. The training material contains DIY (do it yourself) videos and documents explaining the protocol for the hand sanitizer and how to minimize risk of contamination during distribution. We have delivered hand-sanitizer to 300 under-privilege families. We have also installed large sanitization containers in 5 market places and sensitized 600 urban-poor about the preventive measures.
Direct Beneficiaries – 3000 individuals
Sensitization – 6000 individuals