While the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the health care systems 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 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.
Shri Rajendra Singh, Waterman of India, Chairman, Tarun Bharat Singh, Alwar explained that the immunization systems in medical sciences are mainly driven by corporates and corporate-driven democracies, the priority of which is profit-making.
Decentralized and Community-based Approach
He linked the surge in number of cases to the changing seasons. We can follow this pattern and plan for the future. He called for organizations to set aside their political and religious ideologies to work collectively in the time of crisis.
Community-driven natural resource development became active during the reverse migration. Ayurvedic, Unani, and homeopathy have to be revived and along with modern medical sciences, have to be integrated in order to ensure long-term health security.