NESFAS is reaching out to different communities within Meghalaya and
Nagaland to spread awareness and to positively encourage community members to
consider the COVID-19 vaccination.
NESFAS, in collaboration with Society for Urban and Rural Empowerment (Jowai) and
Shillong Service Centre (SSC) Shillong Archiodiese, North East Network (NEN)
Nagaland, is also taking an initiative by activating all networks especially in the 130
partner communities in the rural areas, with the aim that this will create a ripple effect
to the neighboring villages as well so that our local communities are not left behind.
As part of the preparedness strategy, the team is presently conducting online training
for community volunteers and frontline workers like the ASHAs, AWWs, COVID-19
committee, to initiate medical and home SOPs at the village level, vaccination drive,
immunity-boosting through diets and nutrition, basic life-saving skills and more. The
communities are also setting up COVID-19 centre/ quarantine in their villages to stay
ahead of the worst situation that may arise. Collaborations with local PHCs and Doctors
are also ongoing.
On another note, the Gurudawara- Sri Guru Singh Sabha Shillong will also be supporting
emergency access of the ‘Oxygen Langar’ or oxygen cylinders to the community
members in this time of need if required.
NESFAS Executive Director, Pius Ranee shared, ‘Through this initiative, we aim to
motivate and give positive hopes to one and all to take a step forward and consider
taking the vaccine for prevention. We are also spreading awareness by working with
various communities of Meghalaya and Nagaland to reach out to rural areas especially
those who are vulnerable or marginalised like the elderly, the poor, people who are
unwell and specially-abled.”