Tata Trusts has begun a pan-India community outreach to induce adoption of health practices, as promoted by the Government of India, in rural areas, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The initiative, which began on 31st March, is expected to have already reached about 12 million people in 21 states. What’s more, Tata Trusts have made it publicly available to any organisation that wishes to use the campaign to inculcate the adoption of healthy practices.
The campaign ‘5 Kadam, Corona-Mukt Jeevan’, ranges from video messages in the country’s languages — even dialects – and short animation videos and infographics to audio messages and SMS-based messaging.
What’s truly laudable is that for wider deployment by any interested organisation, the Trusts have made publicly available through social media, about 300 such videos and audio messages, in different languages and dialects like Dongri, Kumaoni, Ladakhi, Garhwali, Santhali, Mundari, Kutchi (Gujarat) and Koborok (Tripura). All of them are available in the playlist here
More than 70 celebrities from all over India have lent their support with video- and audio messages. Among them are Nana Patekar, Sonali Kulkarni, Harbhajan Singh, Ila Arun, Atul Kulkarni, Malini Awasthi, and Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals.
The healthy practices that are promoted through this outreach include:
Technique of hand washing
Importance of social distancing
Relying on the right source of information
Early recognition of COVID-19
Protocols for self-quarantine for returning migrant workers
The Trusts have deployed more than 430 master trainers in these 21 states who in turn have trained a pool of over 8,700 community resource persons (village volunteers) to deliver the message till the last mile.
Through the existing network of the Trusts’ programmes, the volunteers, associate organisations of the Trusts, community radios, village-based public address systems, and use of various internet and communication technologies, the programme is expected to have reached out to about 12 million people till date.