COVID IMPACT
Pandemic compounds Adivasis' misery

Scheduled Tribes were marginalised even before Covid-19. Now, in Odisha's tribal districts, they face a worse reality. Livelihoods are vanishing, and health risks loom large.

#Adivasis #Livelihoods #Poverty #ODISHA
COST OF COVID
Economic consequences of lockdowns

Policy-makers are increasingly concerned about the potential impact of more waves of covid. High-frequency, night-time light data from last year's lockdown provides some answers.

#Economy
URBAN RESILIENCE
Disaster response must be decentralised, humanised

For long-term mitigation of disasters in urban areas, ward-level citizens' committees will need to carry out community-based bottom-up planning for sustainable and inclusive development.

#Cities #Government
COVID LOCKDOWN
Pandemic diary : Part III - The best and the worst

For some, the plight of countless desperately poor people trapped by the lockdown was a call to action. But for others, it was a time for unscrupulous opportunism and cruel discrimination.

#Food Security #Urban Poor #Society
COVID VACCINATION
How will increased eligibility change demand for vaccines?

All persons above the age of 18 can now be vaccinated against covid. On current course, there will be a much larger mismatch between demand and the ability of the system to push out doses.

#Population #Health
PRODUCTIVITY
Air pollution takes a heavy toll on businesses

The quality of the air in our cities is reducing the productivity of companies, and diminishing consumer demand. Businesses must advocate and support efforts to tackle this.

#Urban Environment #Economy
PANDEMIC SCIENCE
The second wave, explained in illustrations

The pandemic's threat is determined by both the infectiousness of the virus strains and the level of caution that people exhibit. And new strains could keep emerging.

#Health
COVID LOCKDOWN
Pandemic diary : Part II - An uncertain kindness

Hundreds of millions were caught off-guard by the lockdown. As the government struggled to respond, it was up to citizens to recognise the humanity of each other and do what they could. 

#Food Security #Livelihoods #Urban Poor #Society
COVID LOCKDOWN
Pandemic diary : Part I - The scramble

The suddenness of the lockdown left poor people unable to prepare themselves. To survive, they had to leave their homes in search of support, making them vulnerable to more than the virus.

#Livelihoods #Urban Poor #Poverty
URBAN FOOD POLICY
RICH food for better cities
URBAN FOOD POLICY : RICH food for better cities

A new book by the World Bank urges all cities to implement explicit food policies to foster reliable, inclusive, competitive and healthy food systems aligned with their aspirations and challenges.

#Cities #Food Security #Government
COVID-19
Battling the pandemic with technology

Start-ups and technology wizards put together the largest ever tele-medicine effort to fight Covid-19. India must use this start to create a National Health Digital Core, says Ramesh Menon.

#Health
BAL SANSADS
Children lead the change
BAL SANSADS : Children lead the change

Success in one initiative to strengthen public schooling can help reach some goals of other initiatives too. The Bal Sansad program in Uttar Pradesh shows how focusing on hygiene is improving attendance too.

#Child Health #Children #Education
WOMEN HEALTH CARE
Our Health, Our Initiative
WOMEN HEALTH CARE : Our Health, Our Initiative

A vocal community demanding its health rights through greater participation local governance is the key to long term change, and this may be finally starting to happen in a few places.

#Women's Health #Health #RAJASTHAN
ODD-EVEN FORMULA
With road rationing, Delhi fights air pollution

Delhi has been experimenting with its odd-even formula to curb the movement of private vehicles. With no visible change in the pollution levels, much more action may be needed.

#Cities #Environmental Hazards #Transport #Environment
EYE CAMP FIASCO
Why must only the poor suffer?
EYE CAMP FIASCO : Why must only the poor suffer?

In Barwani, Madhya Pradesh, people lost their sight after botched up cataract surgeries. Was it because the organizers, the medical and paramedical staff of the district hospital did not take necessary steps? Or was the quality of medication used questionable? Or, because the victims are too marginalised and too poor to protest? Asks Shoma Chatterji.

#Health #Poverty #MADHYA PRADESH

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