When a devastating second wave of COVID-19 engulfed India, and case soared to 400,000 a day, we:
- raised awareness of how families can prevent the spread of the virus – such as handwashing, social distancing and wearing masks
- supported health clinics, helping to boost vaccinations, and providing protective equipment for health workers
- gave families cash, food and other essentials like soap and hand sanitiser.
- helped children to keep learning from home during the crisis, and giving emotional and psychological support to those who need it.
Improving health and nutrition
We worked closely with communities, schools and local and district governments to improve children's health and nutrition.
We launched a major initiative to tackle deadly diarrhoea, which kills thousands each year. Our mobile health units gave children growing up in Delhi's slums the chance to see a doctor. And we trained community health workers to bring vital care and health information to remote and marginalised communities.
Protecting the most vulnerable
We worked hard to prevent exploitation and trafficking, and helped child labourers get out of work and into education.
In remote areas, we worked with communities to promote child rights and ensure children were protected from neglect and abuse. And we collaborated with local authorities to ensure legal safeguards were in place for vulnerable children.
In emergencies, our teams were ready to respond swiftly to and save lives. We set up child protection mechanisms and build child-friendly spaces where children could play, learn and stay safe in the aftermath of a disaster.
The chance to learn
In education, we focused on giving the most marginalised children the chance to learn. Our teams encouraged parents who had not had a formal education to send their children to school.
We trained teachers to deliver engaging, interactive lessons, and we helped establish community groups to take responsibility for education locally. In cities, we set up schools and mobile learning centres for vulnerable children.