Informal collectives and access to healthcare during India's COVID-19 second wave crisis

Faruqui, Neha, Raman, VR, Shiv, Jeevika, Chaturvedi, Sonam, Muzumdar, Maitree and Prasad, Vandana (2021) Informal collectives and access to healthcare during India's COVID-19 second wave crisis. BMJ Global Health, 6 (7): e006731. pp. 1-5. ISSN 20597908

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India was hit by a disastrous second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that surged since February 2021. The exact magnitude of cases and deaths during this second wave remains a contentious topic, as suggested by huge differences between internal reports of the government and external reports.1 2 However, there is no dispute that, although several curbing strategies including a harsh lockdown were introduced during the early days of the pandemic in March 2020, the country now finds itself again in the midst of a crisis. Compared with last year, this time the virus has shown a much higher transmissibility rate, possibly due to a combination of newer variants, coupled with poor regulation and adherence to basic preventive public health measures. Mass gatherings in the form of massive election rallies and religious congregations were also permitted while cases had started of India, and vaccination rates continued to remain low.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: COVID-19 | Heathcare | Pandemic | Lockdown
Subjects: Physical, Life and Health Sciences > Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Health (Social sciences)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2021 09:41
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2022 07:55
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Additional Information: This is a Editorial Article. The authors would like to acknowledge and thank every member of the various collectives who have dedicated their time towards helping people in this crisis. NF, VP and VR are public health professionals with expertise in the Indian health system. JS, SC and MM are allied professionals supporting public health work in India. All authors were intensively engaged in voluntary informal during the second wave crisis, including those who were based outside of India.


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