Hello, I am Navkiran and I belong to Gurdaspur ( a small border district in Punjab, India). When India was put under lockdown, it presented a huge challenge for the local government and the people to allocate supplies and personnal in an efficient manner. We have limited infrastructure with no technological backbone.
Some sections of society have been hit especially hard:
- Poor people - daily labourers, factory workers, etc who are now without jobs and are having difficulty getting their daily ration/food.
- People with pre-existing medical conditions who need a regular supply of medicines
Then there is also the problem of unavailability of technical workers like plumbers, electricians, etc. (Who do I call if my refrigerator breaks down in the midst of the lockdown?)
The government bodies at the national, state and district level are trying to adapt as new issues arise. Funds have been mobilized, ration relief packages were sent to districts and limited movement of goods and technical workers has been allowed in some areas. NGOs and volunteers are working with the local governments to deliver food, medicines and other essential supplies.
But a lot of times these resources don't reach all the areas where they are needed because there is no centralized infrastructure in place. Some areas might get multiple visits by NGOs while others are left out unintentionally.
Communication is being done through whatsapp, calls, sms, etc - all highly inefficient, prone to being ignored due to large volume of messages and calls and most importantly, these were not made for communication during a lockdown.
How to make sure help reaches people most in need?
Covid Frontline is my answer to this problem.
- Covid Frontline is an application to connect people who want to help with people who need it the most during the Pandemic.This allows for efficient distribution of resources even with limited infrastructure.
- It seeks to connect people in dire need of resources like food, medicines or other essential services to local government and associated bodies (like NGOs, volunteers, etc) providing those services.
- The request for supplies will be matched according to the district and state of the person in need to the correct local body - everything will be stored online. In this way, help reaches where it is needed the most.
There are two main screens:
- The Need Help screen wherein the person in need makes a request for food/ration/medicines/technical service.
- The Can Help screen where there is an option to donate to local NGOs associated with the government(verified). Interested users can also apply to become a volunteer or register as a technical worker with the local government body - their application is subject to approval and they are vetted (experience, travel history, etc can be checked) before being put on the field. This ensures they have requisite pass and safety equipment and don't put anyone at risk.
The requests will be matched according to district to correct local government body which will then assign resources at their disposal accordingly.
Thus, this will ensure that:
- Resources reach everyone in need.
- Movement of essential supplies and technical workers are organised and controlled - people in need won't be uncertain about getting help, preventing lockdown violations when people risk it to fend for themselves. Everyone in need will be helped.
View project presentation here
It highlights the main points about the idea and also has the application screens and video link of working.
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