4,908 of 10,000 signatures

To,

Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare

 

UPDATE: September 2020

You will be happy to know that our collective support led to the Karnataka government coming forward and accepting ASHA workers' demand for raised salaries.

Together, we rallied for them in May for their demands for salary and protective gears. We successfully organised a mask distribution for ASHA workers in Bangalore, Mangalore and other tier 2 cities.
With your financial support and signatures, we have been able to distribute around
5,000 masks in Bangalore, Mangalore and more tier 2 cities of Karnataka.

UPDATE: 13 August 2020

 

Your efforts asking the Karnataka government to give adequate honorarium to ASHA workers in the COVID fight led to the K’taka health commissioner assuring them that their dues will be cleared this month.

 

While ASHA workers saw victory in Karnataka, we need to share this petition to support ASHA workers in the other states who are asking the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for a wage of ₹10,000.

 

With the kind of risk ASHA workers are putting themselves at with the COVID fight, it is only justified that the government provides them a basic income. 

 

We wanted to close the petition after victory for ASHA workers in Karnataka. However, the recent news of police filing an FIR against over 100 ASHA Workers in Delhi for protesting for their rights has established the need of supporting our frontline defenders more than ever.

 

Our victory in Karnataka gives us an opportunity to set it as an example for the fair remuneration for ASHA workers and pursue it for the rest of the country. Will you share this petition? 

 

UPADTE: 10 July 2020

 

ASHA workers in Karnataka have decided to go on strike if their demands are not met.

 

They are critical in our fight against Covid. From door-to-door check-ins to distributing the information, this frontline force is the most integral part of our health care system.

 

We can support them today by asking K'taka Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa to act on their demands:

 

1) Fix Rs. 12,000 as monthly wage (honorarium + incentive) for all ASHA Workers

2) Regularize health checkup for all ASHA workers. Provide free treatment to all Covid-19 infected ASHA workers, also ensure they are given full monthly payment during their treatment. Provide sufficient PPE kits including Face Shields, N95 masks, Hand Sanitizers, and Gloves to all ASHA workers.

 

UPDATE: 01 May 2020

 

When I spoke to an ASHA worker recently, I could feel a genuine concern about her and her colleague’s safety while out on the field facing the COVID crisis upfront.

 

Following the conversation with them, Jhatkaa decided to distribute 300 masks to the ASHA workers.

 

ASHA workers not only appreciated the distribution but had hope and joy in their voices -- the joy of relief. A relief that you and I, together made it happen -- by one small and simple act -- distributing masks.

 

Let’s keep the distribution drive up and running -- our health workers need it now more than ever.

 

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“We go from one house to another for surveys and health check-ups. There is a high risk of infection. Not having masks makes it so much more difficult, and scary,” says an ASHA worker in Bangalore.

 

They deserve better -- they deserve to go out in the field all geared up with protective and sanitation measures and in turn, help us get out of this lockdown sooner.

Our safety directly depends on their well-being. So, let’s pitch in today for them and for ourselves.

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, we are also in direct contact with the ASHA workers to push their demands to the National Health Mission (NHM) and National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

They demand the basic minimum:

- Ration kits

- Essential medicines

- Honorarium for being a high-risk worker during COVID crisis

Your recurring or one-time donations will go into helping us take ASHA workers’ demands to the ministries and help them get the protective gear needed to ensure their safety.

 

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As you know, we will keep posting about where your money is being utilised. Let’s do it for our ASHA workers.

 

Update: 04 April 2020

 

Around 4,500 others for protective gears for our on-ground health squad -- the ASHA workers!

 

We have a strong consensus that the health of medical professionals should be prioritised. 

 

By spreading awareness and keeping a check on family members under quarantine, they are contributing in multifold ways in our fight for a healthier world. 

 

We need to send out a strong message for  more compassion and responsibility towards our medical professionals. It’s time we band together for these incredible women.

 

DATE: 30 March 2020 

“First in line against Covid”

“ASHA workers show a ray of hope”

“ASHA workers lend a helping hand in fight against Covid”

 

While these headlines do the rounds, the reality is that these “warriors” are fighting the global pandemic without  basic defence/protection. 

 

Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers across the country are working without masks and sanitisers -- two game-changing equipment needed to curb the pandemic. 

 The ASHA workers have been deputed by the centre to get in touch with families who are suspected to carry Coronavirus  into India during travel. 

 Ask the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to give protective gear to these women on the frontlines. 

The guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO) have pressed upon the need for protective gear for health workers multiple times. 

 In most cases, the ASHA workers with a salary of as low as Rs 2,000 are forced to buy their own masks. 

 From being yelled at by the same people they serve for releasing their names to the Health ministry to checking up on midnight calls of neighbourhood reporting suspects, they are on ground round the clock. 

 We need to ensure the protection of the ASHA workers during this health crisis. 

 Over the course of history, women have played an important role as health workers in war zones and world crises. 

In India, these community health workers will be remembered for their courage and work on the ground.. Let’s do our bit to ensure that they stay healthy and can celebrate curbing the pandemic once all this is over.

Sources:

India’s First Line Of Defense Against The Coronavirus Is An Army Of 900,000 Women Without Masks Or Hand Sanitizer -- Buzzfeed 

ASHA workers seek equipment, training to deal with coronavirus pandemic -- Hindustan Times 

 

COVID-19 fight brings out the best in ASHA workers -- The Hindu



Next step - spread the word

The guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO) have pressed upon the need for protective gear for health workers multiple times. 

 

In most cases, the ASHA workers with a salary of as low as Rs 2,000 are forced to buy their own masks. 

 

From being yelled at by the same people they serve for releasing their names to the Health ministry to checking up on midnight calls of neighbourhood reporting suspects, they are on ground round the clock. 

 

We need to ensure the protection of the ASHA workers during this health crisis. 

 

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