We are a registered NGO that focuses on creating better health outcomes for families, including children and expecting mothers; in addition, we also focus on reducing childhood mortality through better prenatal and infant care. We believe that all people have the right to all of life’s necessities, including healthcare and nutritious food.
Some of our services include distributing thousands of healthy, nutritious meals to disadvantaged people, especially the families of migrant workers who have lost their jobs. In addition, we provide Vitamin A supplements, prenatal vitamins, deworming tablets, and information on holistic healthcare to disadvantaged families. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also distributed PPE and other supplies to frontline healthcare workers. We have also distributed sanitizers to orphans and homeless children to help protect them and slow the spread of the pandemic, since they don’t have the luxury of social-distancing or handwashing. In addition, we connect people whose loved ones are suffering from COVID-19 to hospitals and equipment across India.
Anything you can give, no matter how small, will make a huge impact to disadvantaged families across India, Nigeria, and Kenya. Your support of even just Rs 2/ 3.5 cents will allow us to distribute one more meal through our Million Meals project, because no child should ever have to starve. More information about our projects is listed below:
COVID-19 Task Force:
Our COVID-19 task force is a group of volunteers working around the clock to make sure that everyone can access medical essentials like hospital beds, ventilators, and oxygen. Throughout the pandemic, our founder, Radhika Batra, was overwhelmed with calls across the country from people desperate to get their loved ones the supplies they needed. She started this movement in the hopes of helping people find those. With almost every hospital having long waiting lists of 20-500 people, it’s already difficult for people to access treatment. Yet, VIPs have been consistently skipping the line, putting the rest of us even farther behind. Our COVID-19 task force connects people who need help with facilities where they can get prompt and excellent care, using our country-wide network of doctors, both in public and private practice, to address the issue.
Million Meals Project:
While COVID-19 has hit all of us hard, it has especially impacted disadvantaged children. Over 800,000 children under the age of 5 in India die due to malnutrition every year, and the pandemic has only made it more difficult for their families to afford nutritious food. Our Million Meals Project volunteers go out every afternoon and serve freshly cooked, nutritious meals to those who are hungry, especially migrant workers who have lost their jobs. 2000 people get a nutritious meal through our services - we serve those whose lives have been devastated by the Covid pandemic. Women and children abandoned. Labourers who have lost their jobs. Children whose dull eyes reflect the pain of their empty bellies.
While Zomato Feeding India has been incredibly generous with the food they provide, we still need support to get food for distribution (just Rs 1.98/3.5 cents covers one meal) and to cover distribution costs to the communities. As our founder, Dr. Radhika Batra, states, ““Hunger is the biggest enemy. A baby is nourished in the mothers womb. After birth, it’s the mother’s milk that nourishes the baby. But what happens after that? Why is it that we cannot fulfil our promise to these children? How can the world continue to be indifferent to the plight of hungry children? When will we realise the chilling truth, hunger can lead to devastating consequences, poor immunity, recurrent infections, and even permanent and irreversible blindness.” It is time for us to stand together against hunger.
Providing Vitamin Supplements:
One of our biggest projects is distributing Vitamin A supplements throughout India and Nigeria. Vitamin A is one of the most essential nutrients for any growing child, since Vitamin A deficits can lead to cornea destruction, impaired immunity, failure to thrive, blindness, and in the most severe cases, death. Half the children who become blind from Vitamin A deficiency die within the next year. While rice is a staple food in many disadvantaged communities, it does not provide Vitamin A; that is why it's so important to give those children Vitamin A supplements. So far, Every Infant Matters has distributed Vitamin A supplements to almost 55,000 children.
Another important project we work on is distributing prenatal vitamins to disadvantaged mothers. There are many nutrients that pregnant women may have a deficiency of, such as zinc, folic acid, and vitamin B12 deficiencies. Zinc deficiencies can cause miscarriages or cause growth impairments for the baby. Vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiencies increase the chances of a neural tube defect, which is the tube that connects the brain and the spinal cord. There are several types of neural tube defects, but all cause physical and/or mental disabilities. Some types can even cause newborns to be born stillbirth or die soon after birth.