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Donations made to IPH Bengaluru are eligible for 50% tax deductions u/s 80G.

Support from IPH so far...

Supported 8 health centres of BBMP, Sarvagnana Nagar range with

N95 masks

Pulse oximeter

Medical examination gloves

Surgical Masks

Cadaver bags/body bags

Bio-medical waste covers

PPE kits

Thermo scanners

Face shields

Liters of Hand sanitizers

COVID-19 testing booths

Liters of hand wash liquid

Liters of hypochlorite solution, floor cleaners for health centres

IEC materials and campaign support

Social support

Grocery and safety gears kits to low socio-economic and frontline workers families

Community awareness program

Supporting Bengaluru Urban Public Health Centres (UPHCs)

COVID-19 relief - AXA CSR project at Bengaluru

Due to the unprecedented rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, there were restrictions on the movement of people resulting in a nationwide  lockdown in March 2020. As a Public Health Institute, we wanted to join the government in preparedness and support them on the field. Starting from May 2020 to date, the team members have stepped up to the need and worked on the ground with the facilities and communities risking their lives to fight against this pandemic in supporting various activities in Bengaluru. 

IPH supported by AXA Business Services initiated COVID-19 relief work in May 2020 when the Government of Karnataka imposed the lockdown. We identified eight Urban Primary Health Centres (UPHCs) in Sarvagnana Nagar Range to provide continuous support and go by the decentralised approach of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits in Bengaluru. We have been supporting these UPHCs with necessary personal protection equipment, strengthening the health system preparedness by facilitating and organizing training for health care workers and the public by extending social support to the low-socioeconomic families with necessary grocery support.

The eight BBMP wards that IPH is supporting are- Banasawadi, KG Halli, Nagavara, Kacharakanahalli, Cox town, Jeevanahalli, Lingarajpuram, and a Community Health Center, KG Halli.

The duration of the project was from May-2020 to February 2021. Looking at the impact of the efforts on-ground, AXA Business Services has agreed to support for another year to strengthen the fight against this pandemic. Along with this, we have also started crowd sourced fundraising from the IPH to support this initiative on a much larger scale. 

Key Objectives:

Phase 1:

  • Strengthening the selected 8 Urban Primary Health Centres to fight against COVID-19.
  • Supporting the health care workers with essential safety equipment to boost testing rates and safeguard the health of the warriors.
  • Creating awareness among the public about the pandemic and encouraging people with COVID symptoms to get tested.
  • Supporting low socio-economic families in the radius of the selected area with grocery kits to help them in sustaining their life during this pandemic.
  • Organizing training for health workers on COVID related preparedness and protocols.

In Phase 2:

We continue to with all the Phase 1 objectives including the support to the war rooms and extending our support towards the vaccination drives outside the Urban Public Health Centres (UPHCs)

Supporting Bengaluru South zones 

National Health Systems Research Center (NHSRC) Innovation and Learning Centre (ILC) project team along with the partner institute Karuna Trust have been supporting Urban Public Health Centres (UPHCs) through helplines for MO, helplines for frontline workers-both through WhatsApp for quick conversations, updates and guidance.

We have also started online capacity building sessions to frontline health workers since last week (May 2021). The first session was on “pulse oximetry and oxygen saturation” wherein 45 frontline workers attended the session. Our colleagues from Karuna Trust are

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Supporting Chamarajanagar district

After the recent incident at the Chamarajanagar district hospital where over 20 lives were lost due to the shortage of oxygen supply in the hospital, we at IPH have formed a group to help and put in place a strong public health system. We are working with the district officials and the COVID-19 team in order to help them in various activities at the district. With our previous and ongoing work in the district tribal villages, our hold at the district is prominent in supporting these activities too.

Key work:

  • We are working to strengthen the triage system and patient flow at the district hospital. Triaging will provide proper treatment protocol for a suspected/ COVID-19 patient to get adequate treatment at the right facility. The triaging will also help lessen the burden on the hospitals in any districts/ wards/ cities in the country. 
  • We are helping the district administration in improving processes and care for COVID-19 patients at DCH, DCHC, taluka hospitals and other hospitals in the district. We are creating awareness programs, disseminating important guidelines to the public and the officials to work in tandem with the protocols set by the experts.
  • We are crowd-sourcing oxygen supplies, ventilators, concentrators and other medical equipment as per need. We have started a fundraiser campaign from IPH to help the district in procuring these materials and distributing them.
  • We are actively supporting the COVID-19 war room in the district by helping the patients and the government to mitigate the spread of the virus and appropriate treatment for the affected. 
  • The district administration has also officially pooled resources from IPH to help them with any other tasks related to COVID-19 and public health from time to time.

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Preparedness Resources for primary health centers

In response to an open call by Dr. Prashanth N S (Faculty at IPH, Bangalore) for developing tools for Primary Health Care workers, many public health experts got together to form the COVID-19 PHC Action Group. They remotely collaborated for creating resources including a checklist for PHC doctors/supervisors and frontline health workers in urban and rural/community health settings. Over a period of 48 hours in late March 2020, the resource was developed and shared with multiple state government agencies for adaptation and dissemination. The resource collates in one place authentic information from Government agencies and other sources of scientific evidence.  The resources are available below for download and dissemination

Collation of resources for authentic information on COVID-19.

The latest research on COVID-19 and SARS CoV 2.

Guidance material for health professional 

Current global situation and latest updates

Resources for citizens, hospitals, state departments and awareness materials from Government of India 

Information for general public from WHO 

Other authentic and useful resources