A community-led initiative to empower rural India for building resilience against Covid-19.
Covid-free Village is a community-led initiative that takes responsibility for protecting villages from the impact of the pandemic. The objective is to empower villagers to take ownership and create a people’s movement for containing the pandemic through collective action by creating Village Task Forces. It offers flexible, need-based interventions to effectively deal with the dynamic pandemic situation in villages.
The Covid-free Village Model
The Covid-free Village model demonstrates success in “one village” that can be taken to scale across the country. Its frameworks, processes, roles and responsibilities, training modules, audio-visuals, BCC/IEC material, technology and program management models etc. have all been developed to support implementation at scale. The program is informed by BJS’ 35 years of rich grassroots experience in health, disaster response, education, water, and social development.
Covid-free Village, a people’s movement [Hindi 5.14 mins]
Program Implementation Approach
Responding to the dynamic pandemic situation calls for a flexible, context-specific program implementation approach. Achieving Covid-19 vaccination targets is a high priority for several State Governments at present. Along with vaccinations, increased awareness on Covid-appropriate behaviours and enhanced utilization of Covid-related government schemes are also identified as priorities.
The CFV program is flexible enough to tailor its implementation priorities based on such context and time-specific needs. Given the focus on Covid vaccinations and Covid-appropriate behaviours, those levels of interventions will be implemented by Village Task Forces on priority.
If and when there is a spike in new infections in a given geography, Village Task Forces there will immediately respond to the situation by activating the required level of interventions such as tracing, tracking, testing and treatment of cases, as well as supporting quarantine centres and Covid care centres. Ongoing needs assessment through monthly review meetings at the village level becomes integral to this flexible approach.
Training of Village Task Forces on the full range of interventions will however be undertaken right from the start of the program to ensure readiness of villages to face all emerging scenarios.
Strategy for Scale
The program’s strategy for scale involves galvanizing the ecosystem by harnessing strengths of all stakeholders, including the State Government, the State NSS Organization, District and Taluka Administrations, NGOs and communities. It also involves use of technology as a key enabler for scale and quality.