People To People Health Foundation: Catalyzing Change For Well-Being

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How Your Organization, People To People Health Foundation Started Its Journey? Whom Does It Serve?

We started in India around 12 years back as a branch of global public health organization based in the USA. Around 4 years back, we decided to form an Indian entity and that led to the genesis of People to People Health Foundation (PPHF) which is registered as a Not-for-profit company under section 8. We have been working with a mission of transforming lives for improved health and wellbeing through locally-driven solutions in more than 30 districts and 10-12 States. We envision a world where everyone has equal access to opportunities for better health. We work with health care providers and the community for better health outcomes and wellbeing of people.

What Are The Key Areas/Focus Of Your Working And How?

PPHF works closely with communities and key actors on sustainable solutions for public health challenges:
1) Non-Communicable Diseases
2) Women, Adolescent and Child Health
3) Nutrition
4) Infectious diseases
5) Environmental Health.

We build the skills of health care providers, strengthen management capacity, and help create sustainable systems to improve access to quality health services. We focus on building public health capacity and community actions for better health outcomes. We work collaboratively with stakeholders, leveraging partnerships and influencing policies and practices. Drawing on our experiences and recognizing the unique needs of each region in India, PPHF works in partnership with key stakeholders to design and deliver targeted responses.

How Is The Organization Involved In CSR Activities?

We work with both public and private sectors on the emerging health issues. Being a Not-for-profit company with all required certificates, we have the eligibility to receive CSR foundation funding from companies. We collaborate with public and private sectors with common public health interests on public health agenda, design and implement programs with CSR funding on addressing public health challenges in the community. We leverage CSR funding to impact and scale programs.

How Does The Government And Private Partnership System Work For The Company?

Our public-private partnerships go hand in hand. With the Government, we focus on providing technical assistance to facilitate access and deliver essential health services to the community. Private partnerships are leveraged to create a lasting impact on the Government driven programs by demonstrating, documenting, and disseminating the result on ‘how to address the program implementation gaps effectively”. We prioritize the government interests and policies for providing technical assistance in the implementation of public health programs and leverage partnerships with the private partners for bringing in technological innovations, research and learnings.

The organization demonstrates sustainable programs for influencing and implementing government health policies, How?

We build on existing government initiatives with the primary goal of evidence-based dialogue and actions to strengthen, scale and sustain critical interventions essential to improve people’s health. To influence policy, we adopt two approaches:

1) Analyze and demonstrate relevant interventions to generate knowledge on optimal approaches to address major bottlenecks to improve health outcomes

2) Mobilize evidence-based and actionable knowledge to inform policy, facilitate scaling and support program planning for better programming with key government stakeholders. We work in collaboration with the Government to demonstrate and bridge operational gaps in the existing programs. This not just helps us have a greater program impact, albeit tap on to the sustainability of the PPHF led programs.

Who Are Your Partners For CSR And Sustainable Development Programs?

We partner with the central and state governments, corporates, foundations, and multilateral organizations. Currently, we have partnered up with these organizations.

How The Organization’s CSR Plays A Role In COVID-19?

PPHF has been supporting the central and state Government’s COVID 19 response proactively. PPHF’s efforts range from the health system, infrastructure strengthening, to prevention and control of infection amongst the vulnerable and potential groups like urban slums, food handlers, policemen, migrant families, healthcare workers through medical and non- medical essentials distributions, promotion of hand hygiene practices through the installation of foot-operated hand washing stations, safety kits provision etc. Other than these short-term responses, PPHF is now also focusing on establishing long-term community and health system resilience programs addressing the potential hard-hit areas like nutrition and food system focusing on children and mothers from underprivileged communities.

PPHF is focusing on the following 5 areas on COVID-19 in India:

1) Strengthening the health system infrastructure by providing life-supporting medical equipment and supplies to COVID-19 hospitals and Quarantine centers;
2) Supporting healthcare workers on infection prevention and control;
3) Supporting hygiene promotion activities in the community;
4) Providing safety kits to the community
5) Building Resilient Community Health Systems through the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond.

PPHF’s work in different States include:

Delhi: PPHF has been working directly with the State Government and Central Government hospitals to establish dedicated COVID-19 hospitals and fulfill ongoing requirements in terms of PPE kits, N-95 masks, high-end motorized ICU beds, sanitizers, automatic sanitization dispensers, 3 ply masks, thermal guns, BP apparatus etc. A 140- bed facility has been established exclusively for COVID-19 patients in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML), Block 1 & 2 which includes 40 ICU beds. RML is a nodal COVID-19 center for Delhi and surrounding cities where these facilities are being utilized to 100% to date. PPHF has also supported Safdarjung hospital and Lok Nayak hospital with essential medical supplies and protective equipment to manage COVID-19 well and prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst healthcare providers.

35 foot-operated hand washing stations have also been installed at various strategic locations of Delhi which includes Government schools, police stations, Mohalla clinics, urban clusters, etc. in collaboration with the local authorities of Delhi. These locations have been mapped along with the Government officials to drive hygiene practices among the vulnerable population in the community to prevent COVID-19 infection.

Karnataka: PPHF is working with the National Health Mission (NHM), Bangalore and local authorities of Karnataka to establish various support systems. A dedicated referral hospital has been set-up in the Ramnagara District adjoining Bangalore. Victoria hospital and CV Raman General Hospital of Bangalore has been equipped with ICU beds and various other essential medical supplies and protective equipment. Various locations like crematoriums, police stations etc. are being identified in Bangalore for installation of 10 handwashing stations. The project will be scaled up across various key locations based on the formative assessment that is being carried out right now.

We are assisting Karnataka Government to install 10 screening kiosks at the Bengaluru airport and fever clinics at Bidar District. Since unlock has started, Bengaluru is experiencing a huge inflow of passengers who are coming back from their hometowns to join work. To ensure quick and effective screening, these kiosks are going to speed- up the process of screening without putting the healthcare providers at risk of infection since these kiosks are closed compartments with extension to take samples without coming in direct contact of individuals.

Jharkhand: Jharkhand state has seen a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks mainly due to the inflow of migrant workers. Recently, PPHF partnered with Vikas Bharti Bishunpur, to support the influx of migrants in Jharkhand. We have supplied safety kits (bucket, jug, ORS sachets, reusable masks, soap bars, sanitary napkins) to the 300 migrant families in Gumla District of Jharkhand. The project engaged the local self-help groups (SHGs) for making and the supply of masks.

Maharashtra: Multiple COVID-19 designated hospitals in Mumbai – like Seven Hills, Bombay Municipal Corporation, Kasturba hospital, Civil hospital Thane, KEM hospital, Parel Mumbai, St. George Hospital etc., hospitals and in Pune, Sassoon hospital have been equipped with ICU beds, PPE kits, N-95 masks, 3 ply masks etc. PPHF is constantly monitoring the equipment needs from these hospitals to provide continuous support.

PPHF COVID Response Fund (PCRF): PPHF deeply acknowledges its valued partnerships with corporate, institutional, and individual donors who have been funding to PPHF COVID-19 Response Fund (PCRF). The PCRF has and continues to play a critical role in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. To date, in response to COVID-19, we have received funding from Wipro GE Healthcare, Cognizant Foundation, Garrett Advancing Motion, Goodera, Wipro Foundation, Becton, Dickinson and Company, B4U Music and individual funders. PPHF is constantly welcoming new partnerships and collaborations to impact both short and long-term COVID outcomes. We are also running a dedicated campaign on Goodera’s platform to support our COVID19 response efforts:

What are your plans after COVID-19?

In the future, we would like to continue working on the 5 public health challenges:
1) Non-Communicable Diseases
2) Women, Adolescent and Child Health
3) Nutrition
Infectious diseases
5) Environmental Health with Government.

One of our geographic focuses across the country in the future is to work with Niti Aayog to support the aspirational districts. Besides that, we will continue working on chronic diseases like diabetes, CVDs, Cancers, mother and child health, and nutrition issues. We will also be focusing on building resilient community health systems through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Share A Quote About Your Initiative?

Catalyzing Change for Wellbeing

As our name suggests, we are a people’s organization that believes that health is the most fundamental right of all the people, rich or poor. We drive our mission for the health and wellbeing of people.

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