The Eastern Himalaya Program (EHP) of NCF works across three states in the eastern region of India – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and West Bengal. In some of the sites, especially in Arunachal Pradesh, we have been working for over 20 years. The fundraiser aims to support 51 remote villages of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and northern West Bengal.
In most of the sites where we work, proper medical facilities are located at great distances, over unreliable and landslide-prone roads. Often, the nearest healthcare facility is either a Primary Health Centre (PHC), Community Health Centre (CHC) and Health Sub-centre (SC). After consultation with local health authorities in NCF’s project sites, we found that many of these local health centres are poorly equipped to handle COVID-19 cases. This is particularly worrying as prospects of a third wave become more real, and with the northeastern region predicted to be the epicentre. We wish to assist and supplement the health centres with Covid medical supplies and equipment to better equip them to handle cases in anticipation of the next wave.
We reached out to individual health centres to gather their medical needs. Additionally, with the help of our local networks, we identified families in some sites that needed basic ration supplies. The funds raised will enable us to supplement the supplies needed by the local health centres to handle current Covid cases and prepare for future surges.