Health Emergencies

COVID – 19 Second Wave Response

Building community and healthcare facilities’ resilience and response towards the prevention, timely identification, and medical attention during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CARE India has been extensively working across India to contain and control the spread of COVID-19 cases and to manage and expedite the response towards it. We are supplementing multiple state governments in their fight against Covid by deploying personnel with expertise and mobilising and streamlining the requisite resources- medicine, consumables, lifesaving critical equipment and lab testing provisioning.

Our Approach

  • Enhancing Critical Care and emergency handling abilities
  • Setting up Model secondary care hospitals
  • Strengthening District Hospitals
    • Equipment availability and upkeep
    • Infrastructure enhancement
    • HR Augmentation
    • Mentoring Support
    • Supplementing Lab setup
  • Supporting governments setting up DCHCs

  • Social mobilization – hiring and placing social mobilizers at the block and sub-block mobilizers
  • Organizing Communication events
  • Enhancement of Vaccination Points- Mega Vaccination camps and Mobile Vaccination Vans
  • Additional vaccinator support (wherever required)
  • Providing innovative ICT solutions to streamline processes

  • Establishing models for Community Surveillance
  • Post COVID psychological and physiological care of the COVID affected patients and families
  • Caring for the COVID orphans, semi-orphans and widows
  • Address learning -loss in children and students; and
  • Rebuild livelihoods of those impacted by Covid

Our activities

  • To safeguard our frontline workers, we helped procure/supply PPE (personal protective equipment) including N95 masks, 3 PLY masks, surgical gloves, surgical caps, hand sanitisers, disposable bed sheets, floor disinfectants to hospitals and other frontline workers.
  • We have been providing customised relief kits to local areas consisting of essentials and staples to provide appropriate nutrition and immediate food relief to those impacted by the pandemic.
  • Scaling COVID vaccinations – Addressing hesitancy, mobilisation involving the community front-line workers and ensuring that the maximum numbers of people get vaccinated through delivery and demand side interventions.
  • Strengthening the healthcare facilities and making them ready for any future surges – Through human resource, equipment, infrastructure, technical and administrative support.
  • Building community resilience and response – Prevention, timely identification, and action including post-COVID psychological and physiological care of the COVID affected patients and families, caring for the COVID orphans, semi-orphans, and widows and re-building livelihoods impacted by COVID.
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  • Caring for the COVID orphans, semi-orphans, and widows.
  • Addressing learning -loss in children and students.
  • Rebuilding livelihoods of those impacted by Covid.


  • Setting up at least 14 make-shift hospitals with 2,035 beds and supporting multiple other hospitals with the supply of oxygen related and lifesaving equipment like bipap machines, concentrators, PSA plants, scryogenic liquid medical oxygen tanks, and PPE kits among others.
  • Around 4 lakh people have been vaccinated in Patna through Mega Vaccination Camps alone. Similar camps running and coming up in multiple other cities across India. These centres target up to 2,000 vaccinations per day in Patna through two state of the art facilities open 24/7 with public amenities.
  • Recently launched Suraksha Vahinis (travellers) carry a Nukkad Natak troop who performs in front of the target population breaking the myths and misinformation around COVID vaccination, address the vaccine hesitancy and subsequently the vaccinators and data verifiers accompanying the vehicle vaccinate the people.
  • Around 10 lakh people have been vaccinated through Mobile Vans alone. Similar vans running and coming up in multiple other states across India, which address the inaccessibility of vaccines through doorstep delivery and increased coverage.

Current and planned efforts to increase the vaccination uptake in 14 Indian states in urban, semi-urban and rural areas with targeted focus on the rural, tribal, and hard-to-reach areas include:

  • Enhanced vaccination possible through both demand and delivery side interventions.
  • Demand side interventions include- addressal of vaccine hesitancy through research and field exposure and subsequent addressal based on the causes through a team of specialists involving social behaviour change communication experts, doctors, and public health experts.
  • Deploying Health Volunteers to boost the morale of the community through door-to-door and community level interaction and mobilisation.
  • Streamlining the vaccine registration process by deploying data verifiers who verify the vaccinees’ documents and fill the details in the portal on their behalf, solving the problem arising due to digital divide.
  • Leveraging and involving the community influencers and frontline workers to reach out to the communities for better mobilisation and trust.
  • Delivery side interventions include- Managerial support to the states at various levels in vaccination site planning & preparedness and proper supply chain management of vaccines as per the data analysis done through CARE deployed data analysts, doctors, vaccinators, data verifiers and associated staff to expedite the vaccination process.
  • Ensuring sufficient delivery points in metro cities, urban centers, rural and tribal areas based on the site analysis through Vaccination Camps and Mobile Vaccination Vans.

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