COVID Second surge has become very hardest to save lives in the state Odisha. Identified positive patients are more than expected & death tolls also are increasing unprecedented. There has dire need of tracking tracing, treatment followed by vaccine readiness, psychosocial counselling for home isolation, quarantine, immunity boosting. Entry of Black Fungus detected & created panic. Third surge will be more violent as reported. Details can be obtained from authentic sources as official websites of WHO and MOHFW India.
In Odisha, COVID-19 & climate crisis both are rapidly producing further disaster to become more complex and deadly, all are affected but poor communities are impacting a lot. Since The Indian State of Odisha, considered as one of the backward states in human development index, has been grossly impacted by COVID-19 & recurrent climate crisis it needs multi-stakeholders engagement multiple head & hands. Further, COVID is a multiple pandemic there has a greater need of collaboration, partnership to bring immediate humanitarian response and to minimize spread & maximize our readiness for mass vaccination.
Everyone is affected, but not everyone is affected equally. Now youth mass is getting affected . The elderly, people living with disabilities, migrant workers and the poor, farmers, slum dwellers are most vulnerable especially women children youth & PwD. Since COVID-19 needs a long term action , there has a greater attention to Save Lives, Restore Livelihoods for immunity boosting . The core message – “Prevention saves lives” – will be linked to other key messages about systemic risk and cascading disasters and protection of the dignity of resource poor women, children, PwD,old age and orphans is essential . This is high time to provide a humanitarian response along with short & long term support to recover soon from pandemic and build forward better & to enhance immunity boosting in integrating with cross ector WASH , Education, Economies for streghtening health infrastructure.
Further building capacities & strengthening of communitites on adaptation capability is important & building social, cultural, natural, ecological and economical capital is essential in order to improve wellbeing & to address the next development challenges of achieving SDGS . It is equally important to minimizing climate crisis vulnerabilities & maximizing disaster risk informed resilent development as global solidarity is crucial to leave no one behind.
Government is trying hard to maximizing the tracing/treatment. CSOs also to the best of their ability are playing catalytic role in their respective areas maximizing to make community awareness of various COVID Appropriate Behaviour Protocols even without any financial support as all are with community. The COVID Action Collab - SWASTI has agreed to collaborate with us for technical support (Non-financial Association letter attached) to trigger campaign on Community Based Preparedness COVID Vaccine Readiness & Response, Social Protection. To facilitate training and capacity building especially in the area of Psychosocial care to all frontline workers is with the help of NIMHANS ( National Institute of Mental Health and Nero Science). Eengagement of local Partner NGOs in Community Based Covid Preparedness) campaign has strengthened the network force in extending support to local administration as it is one of the add on activities in community development .
The solution lies in prevention followed by protection and provision – increasing readiness to address the coronavirus disease and reducing the impacts of future climate risks , disasters. Looking at COVID-19-2 and current vulnerabilities, there is a dire demand to promote resilient communities that can cope with the forthcoming climate crisis , minimize health hazards. There has a pressing need to the rebuilding of economies with the #COVID19 Crisis & beyond , a unique opportunity to transform the food systems for local benefits & make it resilient integrating with WASH, Nutrition & Education to minimize the future shocks, ensuring environmentally sustainable and healthy nutrition to support health system for all.
This high time to undertake massive social protection measures, engaging multiple stakeholders in a mission mode. This mission needs stronger campaign & advocacy for influencing policy for practice & program integration convergence& compassion in meeting present need and contribute to address demands of communities in long run. That will be carried with deeper collaboration with mainstream health care system & district administrations, PRIs & community
To enable this, there is an urgent need for more funds.: Cash Support for purchasing essentials, Covid Care packages, Tele care support, setting up health infrastructures to address COVID-19 and climate change crisis. The following interventions are needed now & beyond COVID-19 for returned migrants, work labours, women, children, disabilities, wage earners daily labourers, slum dwellers to address hunger, immunity boosting to save lives & support the rebuilding of livelihoods.