The global COVID-19 pandemic is a severe and acute international health emergency of the highest priority in India and worldwide.
In an effort to control the epidemic, India has enacted strict measures to combat new coronavirus spread, including a national lockdown that ran from March 24 to June, 2020. As prescribed by the Government, field work ceased during the lockdown period.
Our response priorities are fourfold:
- To ensure that our field staff are safe, secure, and fully informed about the disease and prevention measures.
- To support the excellent COVID-19 response effort lead by our partners, Gram Vaani through provision of up to date public health content adapted to local audiences, and by developing related research studies [2020 COVID-19 Response Policy Brief_Hin_lt2020 COVID-19 Response Policy Brief_Eng_lt.]
- To support the Government of India in reintroducing essential health services such as immunization, antenatal care, and nutritional support, and in effective communication with communities about COVID-19.
- To continue with our core work developing and testing innovations to support immunization at the earliest.
Especially in resource-limited settings, pandemic countermeasures have profound health, social and economic consequences.
Our field work has now restarted, albeit in modified form compatible with social distancing measures. We are working to provide our full support to the process of pandemic response and recovery.