Helping hands in the time of the pandemic

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With any disease outbreak, vulnerable sections of society face the brunt at a higher level than the major community. The same was the case in Kerala, apart from the general population; the repercussions seemed to affect the poor section of the society more. Seeing the emerging pandemic, the Community Agrobiodiversity Centre came into the picture to render its services in curbing the disease spread again this year..

The centre outreached to around 600 households spread across 35 villages across Kerala through effective wielding of science and technology to check the spread of Covid-19 disease in villages. Prompt and appropriate scientific interventions were led to arrest the spread of disease in these villages in right collaboration with various state and central government departments. The resources of the institute along with the support of the government were crucial in arresting the growth of Covid-19 wherein both entities worked as a well oiled machine to curtail the spread. Among the 35 villages, 15% of the population belonged to the tribal community and they were the most affected by the outbreak in the social demographic of the district. In the tribal villages, the gravity of the situation was so compelling that the institution had to take immediate measures or otherwise the villagers might have succumbed to the disease.

Primary Measures to Prevent the Virus infection

First line of Defence- Sanitizers, Mask and Hand wash

The people in the villages were familiarized with the use of sanitizers and masks. Since the tribal community was not ...
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Wall Paintings – An Innovative Approach for Awareness Generation

To attract the public attention towards Covid control measures, wall paintings were made in places where public usually gathers or ...
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Awareness Generation Activities

Villagers were sensitized about the theoretical aspects of the Covid-19 disease such as the Corona virus, its mode of spread, ...
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Second Line of Defence: Ensuring the Food Security

Vegetables On Wheels

In addition to the nutrition garden and dry rationing services, vegetables were supplied in cycles and auto rickshaws. This service ...
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Nutrition Garden To The Villagers

Nutrition garden was another key component to ensure the nutrition security of these villages. People were supplied with 32 different ...
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Nutri Powder to Villagers

To ensure the health condition of the villagers, Nutri Powder was also provided to the community. This Nutri Powder was ...
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Dry Rationing

Food supply and other amenities were supplied to 30 villages across the state to ensure the food security of households ...
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An important achievement to note is facilitation of vaccination of all the members of two villages against Covid-19 disease in Wayanad district. The villagers were effectively facilitated to take vaccine through the District Health Department of Wayanad. The ASHA workers and Tribal Promoters of the respective region played crucial role to achieve this feat. Villagers were motivated to take the vaccine and were sensitized about the advantages of being vaccinated. Initially a few people showed resistance about the vaccination but in the later stages they accepted the vaccination and gave their consent to be vaccinated. This was a milestone achievement for the Health Department and for our institution also. Efforts were also initiated to vaccinate all the members of 35 villages.

To ensure the proper schooling of students, special attention was given to the school going children in selected hamlets. The school teachers of respective regions were frequently communicated to ensure the attendance and updating of lessons. Students in the village were also provided with note books, pen, pencils and rubber etc so that their logistics are also taken care of to an extent. The students were also attached to the Every Child A Scientist (ECAS) Programme of CAbC to ensure continuous monitoring and schooling continuity.