We at our organisation have been responding to the situations arising due to COVID pandemic through:
- Building capacities of the staff about COVID-19 and its response
- Awareness building within the community
- Extending support through helpline and counselling
- Distribution of food, medicine and other needed things
- Linking the community with health system and referral to needed service
- Vishakha runs Man Samvaad the statewide toll free helpline on mental Health in Rajasthan in collaboration with the National Health Mission. Due to the lockdown we made efforts to make this helpline transferrable to the counsellors personal numbers and after some technical glitches this could be made possible. 4 workers volunteer their time for the helpline. We have extended timings from 8 hours to 12 hours and publicised the same cross the state and also in our villages in salumbar. The helpline has been pitched as a mental health, health information, domestic violence intervention and SHR information and support line.
- Vishakha also runs the Mahila Salah evan Suraksha Kendras (MSSK)- violence intervention centres located in the women’s Police stations in three districts of rajasthan. All three centres are functional on local helplines and are both receiving calls and outreaching to prior client- survivor women to ensure their wellbeing and continued support.
- Vishakha runs a wellness and support intervention for Migrant students living in the Coaching capital of Kota in rajasthan. We are running a 12 hour helpline and support service in Kota too.
- The local counselling helpline in salumbar for rural women is also active and functional.
- We are understanding helpline access behaviours and seeing how limited access to telephones and restricted mobility can pose serious challenges for women and girls to seek support telephonically and are trying to strengthen the local women and girl leader connections to create responsiveness for violence intervention, particularly in salumbar and bagru.
- We increased the time of tele-counselling helpline and providing support to women facing violence through call and needed support. Increasing awareness about the available support during COVID pandemic