While the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world alike, its impact on people from disparate socio-economic standings has been unequal. Keeping in line with this and in continuation of the rural realities webinar series, the Centre for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI) in collaboration with Centre for Development Communication and Studies (CDECS), Jaipur and Tarun Bharat Sangh, Alwar organized a panel discussion on “Rural Realities Health Security through Community- centered Approaches COVID-19 and Beyond- Rajasthan” on May 13th, 2021.
The IMPRI team informed the discussion by locating for the event participants the situation of COVID 19 in India and Rajasthan. The team also provided an insight into the geography and socio-economic conditions of the state. The rationale was to provide the participants with an overview of the state of Rajasthan.
Dr. Indira Khurana, Senior Expert, Water Sector; Vice-Chair, Tarun Bharat Sangh, Alwar guided the session with her opening remarks.
She thanked the panelists for taking out the time to discuss their experiences and opinions. The objective of the webinar was to analyze the impact of COVID-19 on the states of Rajasthan and cross-learn from practitioner’s experience from other states. With the recurring theme of Atma Nirbhar in the country, Dr. Khurana asks, with a firm belief in ‘prevention is better than cure’, how our villages can become the same in terms of health.