By now, we all have a fair idea of how dangerous the second wave of Corona was. Due to the pandemic, the death toll witnessed new heights every single day. The virus placed a tremendous amount of pressure on the healthcare infrastructure, medicines, and medical resources available in the country. The black marketing of essential drugs and lack of authentic information brought nothing but troubles for citizens.
Amid the crisis, a group of young people came forward to lend a helping hand to the people of Udaipur. What started as an initiative by a few determined minds, Team Udaipur Against Corona (UAC) blossomed into a group of 70 youth, with each one of them dedicatedly working to defeat Corona. While some took the lead to provide necessary information via an established helpline, others connected plasma donors and recipients through social media platforms. Be it medicines, blood, or food for the patients, Team Udaipur Against Corona left no leaf unturned in serving Udaipurites.
In association with Yoga gurus and doctors, Team UAC conducted special sessions and furnished people with crucial information. Also, the team collaborated with artists to entertain the people of Udaipur during the lockdown.
Considering the success of the Udaipur Against Corona model, webinars were conducted across India. These online sessions had around 130 participants, all eager to replicate the model in their respective cities. As of now, the model has been adopted in Jaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan and Modasa in Gujarat.
Team leader Chirag Mehta shares that the system was started when there was panic in the city. He realized that social workers helping at an individual level wouldn’t be able to help everyone. Therefore, he connected 70 people on social media and laid the cornerstone of Udaipur Against Corona - a helping system by the people for the people.
“If this system reaches all the cities, it can make resource sharing an easy task,'' says Chirag. Keeping resource sharing in mind, Chirag has formed a team for Rajasthan Against Corona, which will focus on connecting all the cities of Rajasthan. Apart from being a ray of hope for those battling Corona, the system has been built to help people in any emergency.
Chirag is a computer science engineer and a law graduate. As he shares his experience, he reveals that his entrepreneurial skills benefited him in developing the system’s structure and building such a big team in mere three days.
Team UAC's primary campaigns include Medicine Donation, which can be significantly used in situations like this, Ration Donation, and Blood/Plasma Donation. Under these campaigns, the team, with the help of people, ensured the delivery of essentials to the needy.
Formed on principle - “Helpful to Needy”, Rajasthan Against Corona is neither an NGO nor any of its members are associated with any government bodies. All those individuals or social workers helping people in this health crisis can step forward and become a part of this initiative.
Apart from being a prominent and trustworthy name in Rajasthan, Udaipur Against Corona has been globally recognized. Professor Ajit Sharma (Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business, United States of America) is currently researching the UAC model, focusing on its functionality, layers, and success.
All the volunteers of Team UAC hold the belief that now is not the time for the blame game. Instead of pointing out the system's flaws and criticizing the government, we should all come together to help people and save their lives. This one viewpoint led to the development of Team UAC – Built by the people, for the people.