While the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world alike, its impact on people from disparate socio-economic standings has been unequal, owing to the systems in place. 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 gave a brief presentation in order to provide an overview of the state of Rajasthan. They informed the participants about the state’s geographical and socio-economic status and gave insight into the situation of COVID-19 in India and Rajasthan, highlighting pertinent emerging issues.
Directing the attention from government systems to behavioral approach, Dr. Upendra Singh, Director, Centre for Development Communication and Studies (CDECS), Jaipur highlighted the indifference and lack of capability to access healthcare among people. The public functionaries’ interest towards the patients is minimal, while the cost of private health care is out of bounds for most.
In effect, they have to push harder to draw attention and create an impact. We have to accept the situation at hand and create an enabling environment. With the looming pandemic and any other crisis that may come our way, our priority is to employ the existing system to build awareness and vigilance among people, unify support systems of the government and civil societies, engage community organizations that lack vision, and reduce morbidities.