COVID-19 preparedness in rural settings

Preparedness checklist for rural primary health care settings

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Tele-triage of patients in cities

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Given the sudden crowding of hospitals that can overwhelm the system, one of the first difficulties being seen by city health systems is the need to determine who can be safely guided to manage their recovery at home, and who … Continue reading

Ecologising disease control: case of Kyasanur Forest Disease

Based on work I am involved with in a research consortium that’s aiming at leveraging the inter-sectorality & inter-disciplinarity offered by OneHealth approaches, here is a longish Twitter thread that cherry-picks key aspects of the paper we wrote along with some of my own reflections.

The paper can be downloaded from PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases here

(Key)stoned

In 2015, the WHO Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research and Public Health Foundation of India had partnered to set up India’s first effort at building capacity in health policy & systems research (HPSR) through the KEYSTONE course. Half a decade later, I had the opportunity to join some lovely people from several institutions in India and abroad at launching the India HPSR Fellowship Program, which builds upon the work started off by KEYSTONE and various other small efforts at developing capacity for advancing systems thinking within public health research and a more critical engagement with policy, practice and social determinants of health.

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Moving COVID-19 control from governments to communities

This is an edited version of an op-ed for a newspaper that did not see the light of day. Some of the ideas expressed may be dated given the rapidly evolving nature of COVID-19, but the op-ed was addressing the nationally applied lockdown situation prevalent then. The central “dogma” though of moving action from a central State to communities applies across national, urban, district and other settings. Updated with links to other talks and stories as well.

“And from making the cure of the disease more grievous than the endurance of the same, Good Lord, deliver us”.

Sir Robert Hutchison
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