We are currently witnessing a humanitarian crisis in India of proportions never witnessed before as medical infrastructure is buckling under the pressure of the global pandemic. There have been at least 300,000 new infections every day, with cases continuing to rise at unprecedented levels.
In March 2020 when this pandemic started, our Trustees with Advisors and volunteers did some brainstorming and planned a thoughtful roadmap to act in 3 specific fronts,
 Strengthen Healthcare System
 Support farmers
 Relief for needy families
In response to 2nd wave of pandamic, now we have pledged to set up COVID Specialty Medical Centers and Oxygen Banks at small towns in Maharashtra. The first CSMC has been successfully established and handed over to RH Partur on 9th May 2021 in presence of Hon. Health Minister of Government of Maharashtra and Hon. District Collector of Jalna. This facility can accommodate and treat 20 mild or moderate (non ICU) patients at a time who would need 24X7 Oxygen supply. A team of 4 doctors and 8 nurses are managing this facility to provide medical treatment at complete free of cost. We have invested more than 7.5 lakhs until so far in this project and will continue to support it. The beauty of this medical facility is that, it will exist even after Covid pandemic and continue to serve needy people from surrounding 92 villages.
While managing this medical facility, we realized that hospital bed with Oxygen supply is crucial for critical patients but many people get admitted in early stage itself assuming that they might not find a bed when they need it or sometime they continue to occupy bed only for Oxygen support. To overcome this problem, now we have created a Oxygen Bank to provide portable Oxygen Concentrators to needy patients (especially in villages) at free of cost. At the moment we have 8 portable Oxygen Concentrator machines in use on rotational basis. This will ensure hospital beds are available for critical patients and provide emergency Oxygen support to needy at their residence.
WHAT DID WE DO DURING 1st WAVE?
During 1st wave in 2020, We provided Personal Safety and Medical accessories for Healthcare workers at 2 Rural Hospitals (owned by Government) and 4 Primary Health Care (PHC) centers, 1 Covid Isolation Center within Partur and Mantha tehsils in Jalna district. We provided them with PPE Kits, N95 Masks, Surgical Masks, Sanitizers, Safety gloves, Bedsheets, Reusable masks for general staff etc. of worth more than 2.5 lakh rupees. This initiative was carried out under direct supervision of Deputy Collector at Partur.
We strongly believe that farmers are backbone of our country and we can not ignore them during such pandemic. During lock-down the small farmers were finding it very difficult to sell their fruits & vegetables in to the market. To ease their pain, we purchased 113 Quintals of fruits directly from farmers, going at their farm and at a price higher than current market. This has directly benefited many farmers in Jalna district, and benefited many others indirectly because due to this 'smart move' all local dealers were forced to offer better competitive price to farmers in that region. This initiative was carried out jointly with Deputy Collector (SDO) and Taluka Agree Officer (TAO) at Partur.
We do agree that its difficult time for everyone one of us, but it is terrible for those that are daily wage workers and especially orphans and old age people families. In order to provide some relief to such families, the Trust has provided food and kitchen grocery kits to carefully identified families from villages and slum areas of Partur tehsil. Also, more than 40 Quintals of fruits (Watermelon, Orange) have been distributed at free of cost, even at few Covid hospitals in Pune.