MetLife Foundation has partnered with NGO, Habitat for Humanity India, to set up 8 COVID-19 Care Centers in India
In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, MetLife Foundation has partnered with NGO, Habitat for Humanity India, to set up 8 COVID-19 Care Centers in India. These first line treatment and care centres, called Habitat Care Centres (HCCs), play a crucial role in curbing the spread of the virus by supporting community members with milder symptoms to safely isolate.
The HCCs are located in Karnataka (Bengaluru) with two 50-bed facilities; Delhi NCR with two 100-bed facilities in Delhi and Faridabad; Maharashtra with a 100-bed facility in Mumbai, a 50-bed facility in Washim, and Uttar Pradesh, a 100-bed facility in Lucknow, and a 50-bed facility in Varanasi. All the facilities will be equipped with hospital beds, oxygen concentrators, water filters and medical equipment like thermometers and oximeters.
“Habitat Care Centres are established to augment the existing medical infrastructure and support vulnerable individuals with safe shelter to isolate or quarantine, keeping families safe and preventing transmission.
We are grateful to MetLife Foundation for partnering with us to set up 8 care centres in regions where COVID-19 cases have been on the rise. We hope these facilities will enable our medical fraternity and the Government to flatten the curve,” said Rajan Samuel, Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity India.
Since March 2020, Habitat for Humanity India has served over 1.3 million 13,27,076 people from 19 states through our Road to Recovery programmatic strategy by providing them with hygiene kits, family essential kits, conditional cash transfers, public health communication training and by setting up 16 Habitat Care Centres.
We have supported migrant workers, daily wage earners, people living with disability, commercial sex workers, tribals and other vulnerable communities.
“These are difficult circumstances for many people in India and around the world. We are proud to support Habitat for Humanity, a long-standing global partner to MetLife Foundation, in its mission to deliver much-needed emergency assistance to people and families affected by the pandemic.” said Krishna Thacker, Director – Asia Region, MetLife Foundation.
Road to Recovery 2.0 is Habitat India’s response to the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under Road to Recovery 2.0, Habitat India is scaling up its of Habitat Care Centres’ interventions. The centres are designed to treat mild and moderate symptomatic and positive cases, helping to prevent the overloading of existing healthcare infrastructure. Once set up, HCCs are managed by the hospitals which care for people infected with COVID-19. In addition to the care centres Habitat is also providing low-income families with essential items like hygiene kits and medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, thermometers and PPE kits.
ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INDIA
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. In India since 1983, Habitat for Humanity has supported more than 36 million people by helping them build or improve a place they can call home, build improved sanitation units and provide humanitarian aid and disaster resilient shelter solutions in the aftermath of natural disasters.
Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower.
About MetLife Foundation
At MetLife Foundation, we are committed to expanding opportunities for low- and moderate-income people around the world. We partner with nonprofit organizations and social enterprises to create financial health solutions and build stronger communities, while engaging MetLife employee volunteers to help drive impact. MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. From its founding through the end of 2020, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $900 million in grants and $87 million in program-related investments to make a positive impact in the communities where MetLife operates. Our financial health work has reached more than 17.3 million low- and moderate-income individuals in 42 countries.
By Nivedita Shetty