The Society for Nutrition Education and Health Action works to improve preventive and promotive healthcare for vulnerable urban women, adolescents, and children. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SNEHA is using phone and website resources to provide information to these vulnerable populations about how to prevent spread of the virus.
As an NGO, SNEHA works across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (Dharavi, Wadala, Govandi, Mankhurd, Malvani, Kurla, Kandivali), and in Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Vasai-Virar, Mira-Bhayandar, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi-Nizampur, and Kalwa. With close to 500 staff and consultants working from home and reaching out with the help of 8,000 community-based volunteers, SNEHA disseminates information on COVID-19 and regular health issues. The staff is also available via phone and email to answer questions and to manage high-risk cases, such as women and children in medical crises or facing violence, patients needing palliative care, and high-risk children needing referrals.
As all community events and campaigns have been indefinitely postponed, SNEHA has developed games and activities for children and adolescents to keep them engaged at home instead of going out to play with friends. This includes games on WhatsApp, exercise challenges, English worksheets/courses, and quizzes.
For information about SNEHA, please go to: https://snehamumbai.org/.