Blossom Trust are in partnership with the Health Department of the Greater Chennai Corporation (G.C.C.) as the implementing agency for the Community Intervention Project (CIP). This project is aiming to identify high risk households and improve COVID-19 tracing to curb the threat of community spread.
Tamil Nadu currently has 350,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (written 19/8/20). Chennai is an epicentre, experiencing high levels of infections and fatalities. Experts fear that there is widespread community transmission in parts of Chennai, meaning that individuals who have not had any reported contact with infected people are being found to be positive. As such, there is an urgent need for coordinated action from NGOs, civil societies and the government to trace, treat and contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Blossom Trust has embarked on a partnership with the Greater Chennai Corporation.
Blossom Trust is responsible for Zone 12 of Chennai for the Community Intervention Project. The key activities of the project are as follows:
1. Mapping of intervention areas
2. Risk profiling and vulnerability assessment
3. Referral to primary healthcare centres
4. Interpersonal communication
5. Monitoring and evaluation
During this project, our team will be conducting house-to-house visits, creating a comprehensive map the area and conducting risk profiling per household. By approaching households directly, our Outreach Workers (ORWs) will be able to identify individuals who are presenting with symptoms of COVID-19. The ORW will then refer symptomatic people to the local Primary Healthcare Centre for testing and treatment. With regular field visits, the ORW will then be able to monitor the isolation of confirmed cases and family members, aiming to stem community transmission.
We will be working in the following areas:
Misinformation and fear has also lead to reports of stigmatisation of COVID-19 positive patients. To address the lack of trust and to encourage safe practices within communities, another role of the ORW will be to conduct "Interpersonal Communication Sessions". This will be to reinforce the principles of distancing, masking and hand washing, in a way that is both informative and reassuring.
For more information and updates on the project,
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