India

Kavita Aggarwal

The Corona Warrior

Kavita Agarwal is an Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) facilitator in Madhya Pradesh with over 15 years of experience. She leads a team of 14 ASHAs whom she guides in their work.

Kavita is a part of the state government-led campaign against COVID-19 that is taking place from July 1 to 15. As part of this campaign, she counsels over 30 houses each day equipping them with information on how to safeguard against COVID-19.

“My regular shift is for six hours but these days due to the corona pandemic, I can be called for duty anytime, even in the late evening. I have the full support of my husband and children who are fully aware of how important my duty is during this time.”

With migrant populations returning home, the workload has increased manifold. But the hardworking and courageous frontline cadre of ASHAs are prepared for this challenge. “Initially I was looking after the healthcare of only women and children. Now I look after the health of everyone”, Kavita says proudly.

Kavita and her team obtain a complete medical history of pregnant women when they return to their native villages, ensuring that they get tetanus vaccinations and iron/folic acid tablets. Her team also gives iron/folic acid tablets to young girls and women to prevent anaemia. “We have a tough job because migrants fear that we will quarantine them and put them in isolation. But consistent effort and counselling have made people more receptive”, she explains Kavita is a true corona warrior working tirelessly to provide information and healthcare for the wellbeing of women and girls.