Covid-19 Management in Karuna Trust Health Centers
Karuna Trust has taken the responsibility of COVID-19 management in 71 health centers across 5 States of India covering 1.5 Million people. We run the Flu/Influenza clinic, community screening, surveillance, and follow up in the villages. This is in addition to the existing mother and child, communicable and non-communicable services along with community participation.
Supervision and Monitoring of the Covid-19 Response
Karuna Trust under the guidance of our Secretary and Joint Secretary Dr. Sudarshan and Venkat Chekuri are carrying out a robust COVID-19 response through all our Karuna Trust managed health centers. Joint Secretary is personally supervising the functioning of the health centers in the Red Zones. Our supervisory staff Shivamallu, Dr. Archana, Dr. Chandrashekar, and Thippaswamy at the Bangalore office are daily monitoring all the health centers.
Karuna Trust Health system preparedness for the Pandemic
The strategy for preparing our health center towards the pandemic started to be formalized with the identification of the first corona case back in the month of January 2020. The core team of Karuna Trust prepared a checklist and the guidelines for preparing health centers for the COVID-19 pandemic by the first week of February. The strategy was deployed and is being executed immediately thereafter in all 71 health centers of Karuna Trust across India. A rigorous monitoring plan, and regular evaluations of the plan execution, are also being carried out.
A different flu corner has been set up at each PHCs. This will avoid the mixing up of patients and curtain the spread of COVID-19. Read More...
The MTC meetings were held at all the health centers in response to COVID-19 and the situations were assessed, Read More...
In addition to preparing our Primary Health Care centers (PHCs) and PHC field staff to handle their specific roles in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic, Karuna Trust is working with our technology partners to innovate solutions that will enhance our abilities to deal with the Pandemic. Some of the innovations are:
With the announcement of COVID-19 pandemic various guidelines, IEC material, and research material were developed by the Central Govt., State Govt., other national and international organizations. To fight the COVID-19 pandemic it is of immense importance that everyone who is fighting this disease should be updated with the latest relevant knowledge. The audience for these reports is the doctor, ANM, ASHA, health worker, or Group D worker. Read More...
- COVID-19 Action Collaborative (#COVIDActionCollab) has come together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, consisting of expertise in Public health, Medicine, Technology, Sociology, Behavioural science, Financing, Humanitarian emergencies, Procurement and Supply, Designers, and the likes. The Collaborative has developed and promoted the COVID Action Collab framework to support stakeholders to collaborate, coordinate, and integrate COVID-19 Response. Karuna Trust is part of this collaborative and working proactively with the team.
- Global COVID-19 Collaboration: A Global knowledge sharing platform has been created for mutual learning, case presentation, assessing the global scenario of Covid-19 involving experts in infectious disease and public health across the globe, Karuna Trust is a member of the collaboration.
- Covid19 PHC Action Group: Karuna Trust is a part of this action group that includes various International and National public health experts together formed as a PHC action Group for Covid-19 to facilitate improved preparedness in PHC/community settings, especially in rural areas.
14.04.2020 MLA Basarikatte visited Health Center
Other State Activities
Glimpses of newspaper clippings - Karuna Trust Covid-19 response.
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