During the first covid wave, due to sudden lockdown, we witnessed thousands of daily wage earners and migrant populations being forced to walk back to their native place. Few like-minded individuals hailing from the state of Bihar came together to set up “iBihar”, a community action group aimed at fighting covid and its impact on people. i-Bihar (An initiative of Leadership Projects for Bihar) was one of the first set of innovative solutions selected at the meeting of National Action Group of Parliamentarians with Innovators for India (PI India).
i-Bihar is one such mission that invites and brings together some of the like-minded individuals and capable and credible organisations to contribute in the fight against COVID-19 for Bihar and for the nation. The team of i-Bihar is led by alumni of Harvard Kennedy School, Global Shaper Community of World Economic Forum, Asian Institute of Management (Manila), Madras School of Economics, Birmingham City University (UK), PES Institute of Technology, Symbiosis Law School.
During the first phase, i-Bihar was able to channelise resources through crowdfunding. Migrants and their family were provided with basic food items, grains, clothes and cash distribution to help them overcome loss of income and survive lockdown. Many families were saved from hunger and had a positive impact on the lives of over 9000 individuals.
Given the rapid spread of infection and patients not getting access to basic healthcare services, we are focussing at mobilising resources, medical equipment, oxygen concentrators, ventilators etc. to increase the capacity utilisation of government hospitals.
We are setting up affordable, scalable, plug and play ‘Box Hospital’ in different district of Bihar, which would be Covid recovery centres (Triage system). These centres would be equipped with a cost-effective alternative such as laminated corrugated cardboard beds, medicine boxes and separators, designed and manufactured by team of experts. These beds are sturdy, waterproof, quick to develop and can be disinfected. The cardboard separators allow patients isolation and dignity in large halls. We have also partnered with various agencies to procure oxygen concentrators, oximeters, ventilators to make the treatment available in rural part of Bihar. We are planning to set up a 50-bed recovery facility in 6 different districts of Bihar to treat patients with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19. Besides the medical equipment, the facility has laminated corrugated cardboard beds and tables that are highly affordable and durable.
Sustain Labs Paris is an enterprise based in India, France, and New Zealand that turns around large organisations towards becoming more sustainable. It acts upon the conviction that every organisation must be a social entrepreneur such that its business model itself must ensure long term financial stability and social good. Since its inception in September 2017, Sustain Labs’ projects are located across India, North Africa, and the Asia Pacific region. The organisation is supported by the French government’s department for scientific and academic exchange. Sustain Labs established and leads a coalition of partners that has built 13 COVID quarantine care centres across 5 states in India. The coalition was also instrumental in the roll out of COVID testing facilities and oxygen ambulances built within auto rickshaws that are running in 2 states.
Dr. Miniya Chatterji is the founder and CEO of Sustain Labs Paris. Sustain Labs Paris is a sustainability incubator that transforms large organisations into becoming social entrepreneurs and therefore more sustainable. She is also the founding director of the Fellowship for Climate Action, an international program based in India for climate change solutionaries. She led the establishment of 11 COVID hospitals across India within 6 months, by transforming existing vacant buildings. She was acclaimed for innovations such as building COVID ambulances and mobile COVID testing facilities within an auto rickshaw, and successfully taking it to market.
Medical kits are to be provided to local hospitals/service providers to strengthen covid care facilities. Helping them increase bed capacity, partnering with doctors and paramedic staffs.
Isolation centres/Triage system with basic facilities to treat mild to moderate case patients and depending on
initial screening, one can refer severe cases for hospitalization.
Mobile Covid oxygen facility having oxygen cylinders, oximeters, scanning machines to provide on demand help to patients in the dire need.
Video consultation to connect doctors to home quarantine patients.
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The Covid-19 Pandemic response from ‘Leadership Projects for Bihar’, is for all like-minded people willing to come together to fight the gloom and doom scenario and work towards lifting the public spirit in Bihar. The ‘Community Action Group For Bihar’ is one such mission that invites and brings together some of the like-minded individuals and capable and credible organisations to contribute in the fight against COVID-19 for Bihar and for the nation.
Ghanshyam is building India through his innovation in education and skill development. He is founder of Learner, a K-12 learning platform. He co-founded Harvard India Student Group in 2011 as a MPA student at Harvard Kennedy School. He has worked for global organisations including McKinsey & Company, The London School of Economics & Political Sciences, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Intel. Ghanshyam is in the Executive Council of Harvard India Alumni Association and is also an alumnus of Kellogg School of Management, IIM Bangalore, and National Institute of Technology, Karnataka.
Anis is the author of two acclaimed books- Dreams of The Mango People, an inspirational book on how ordinary people choose to become extra-ordinary, and a monograph, Decoding Startups, which has notes on startups along with useful entrepreneurial frameworks. He has received many awards including the most promising entrepreneur of the year award by TiE (The Indus Entrepreneur) and has been a winner of European Union Business Challenge. Anis is a Mason fellow at Harvard Kennedy School for the incoming session of 2022-2023. Born in Patna (Bihar), Anis went on to study engineering from PESIT (Bangalore) and MBA from Asian Institute of Management (Founded by Harvard Business School), Manila. He is an International Rated Chess Player and a Global Shaper Alumni at World Economic Forum.
Neha Behani, Co-founder, Moojic, is an accomplished woman entrepreneur based in Mumbai. Moojic is an in-store radio service for retail outlets such as restaurants, cafes, salons, gyms, or bars. What sets apart Neha’s venture is that it her radio service offers jukebox functionality that lets the customers play songs from their own playlists. Hailing from a small town Kishanganj in Bihar, Neha is the first woman in her family to run her own business entirely apart from her family’s traditional business. An MBA graduate from Asian Institute of Management- Manila (Founded by Harvard Business School), Neha was working full time at Hewlett Packard, Singapore as a Product Manager. Later, along with her co-founder Kumaran Mahendran, Neha came up with the idea of Moojic, and both quit their jobs. Now, Moojic has carved an existence in India as well as abroad and includes Google MD Rajan Anandan, as its investor.
Tina is leading "Yuva Shakti" initiative, Bihar. She is working in Samastiput district with 88 youth leaders and 5000 cadre members to strengthen their constitutional rights as well as active Participation in "socio-economic issues". Her interests lie in women's empowerment and their role in the policy making. She has also been working with i-Bihar for Covid relief and associated with a "Samuday" a not for profit organization. Before coming to Bihar, she has worked with a couple of national and international NGOs and is working with youth in largely solving sociology-economic issues including Medha Patkar’s campaign on social issues. Before coming to the development sector, she has worked with Copenhagen Metro Team (Denmark) and Transport Corporation of India Ltd. She is a native of Bihar and holds an MBA in International Business from Birmingham City University (UK) and Civil engineering from Nagpur University.
Surabhi is a development professional possessing 6 years of experience in building successful learning programmes within the academic, social and ed-tech sector. She is experienced in leading large-scale student initiatives on personal leadership, cultural intelligence and lateral thinking with universities across the south-east Asia, Australia and Europe. Surabhi is skilled in organizing and facilitating training programmes aimed at the professional development of students across the globe. She is currently leading a not-for-profit venture, DoctorBeti that aims at enabling access to better coaching and counselling for girls who aspire to make a career in the healthcare sector in India through online & offline education.
Shalabh is an Investment Banker by profession. An alumnus of St. Michael's High School, Patna and MBA graduate from Asian Institute of Management - Manila. He currently resides in Mumbai. He is a capital market specialist with over 10 years of experience. Extensive experience in Deal Organization, Institutional Placement and Relationship Management across Financial Institutions. He likes to spend time with his family. His interests include Fintech, news and networking.
Nilay is the author of Brush Up Ur Quant, a modern reference guide for any youth for building fundamentals in quantitative aptitude. Nilay has worked for reputed multinational shipping companies and has travelled around the world. He utilizes his time for learning and sharing through various youth platforms. Born in Patna (Bihar), Nilay went to study marine engineering from MERI (Kolkata) and Masters in Maritime Economics from Rotterdam School of Management in Netherlands.
Vinay Shankar is a Fintech professional and ex banker. He has past experience in SME lending and credit risk at ICICI Bank and Stat Bank of India. He has been responsible for managing growth and incubation of new ideas at rural e-commerce entity with special focus towards financial services distribution. He has also worked at IBM India as a application developer. An alumnus of PES Institute of Technology, Adani School of Infrastructure Management and has been Y-Combinator startup school graduate 2018.
Khushboo Bari is pursuing Masters of Public Policy program at the London School of Economics. She holds an LL.M degree in International Law from The Graduate Institute, Geneva and a B.B.A.LL.B degree from Symbiosis Law School, Pune. She primarily practices before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India amongst other fora. She has also worked in the capacity of a Senior Associate with a top tier law firm, Karanjawala & Company in New Delhi for a period of over 6 years. She has been enrolled with the Bar council of Delhi since 2012.
Sharique holds M.Sc in Applied Finance from Madras School of Economics, Chennai. He has previously worked as a consultant with J-Pal, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, Leadership Projects for Bihar etc. His interest includes designing and implementing IEC/ BCC strategy, Economic and Social research and Policy Advocacy.
Sanjiv is a software professional turned entrepreneur with an experience of working with multinational companies like Oppo & Siemens. He is an alumnus of Sainik School (Purulia). He is a B.Tech graduate having a keen interest in social development linked to creating an equal society under sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Rizwan is a passionate technologist and a certified machine learning professional from HarvardX with over 10 years of experience in co-building innovative products, managing digital footprints for NGOs, political parties and start-ups. He presently manages Knowledge Hub and leads tech and digital initiatives at the Population Foundation of India which is at the forefront of policy advocacy and research on population issues in the country and was founded by a group of industrialists under the leadership of the late JRD Tata and Dr Bharat Ram in 1970. Hailing from a small village in Champaran, Bihar, Rizwan has done his Graduation in Information Technology and Masters in Computer Applications from University of Mumbai.