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All Things Policy: The Scale of the Pandemic in India

Serosurveys conducted in Mumbai, Delhi, and Pune have thrown up some interesting findings on the possible scale of COVID-19 infection in India, showing a huge difference between the prevalence of infected persons and the number of confirmed cases. Sowmya talks to Shambhavi and Sunila about these findings and what their...

All Things Policy: Restructuring India’s Public Health Sector

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare suffers from a lack of clear division of responsibilities, a platform for inter-sectoral coordination and conflicts of interest. These weaknesses have become more apparent in the light of the pandemic, as the public health response has been anchored in the ICMR, which is...

Takshashila Discussion Document – Reimagining India’s Public Health Governance System

Download the Discussion Document in PDF India needs a new public health system, housed within the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to streamline functions, improve transparency in operations, and ensure better health outcomes. This document proposes a governance architecture structured around essential public health functions to ensure there is...

All Things Policy: Ensuring Nutrition Amid a Pandemic

COVID-19 has worsened the problem of malnutrition in India because it has disrupted two critical programmes: the ICDS and Mid-Day Meal Scheme. However, after initial setbacks, the Union and state governments, with support from the World Food Programme (WFP), have worked to ensure food is delivered to those that need...

NEP 2020: A Lot to Look Forward to in the Indian Education Sector

After several consultations on the draft National Education Policy 2019 with stakeholders in the education sector, the Government of India announced the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 on Wednesday, 29 June. The NEP 2020 envisages commendable changes in the way education will be delivered in India. It does so by...

All Things Policy: Getting Children Back to Schooling

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on school education. But if schools can’t open, how can students continue their education in a country with limited Internet access? Takshashila’s Sunila Dixit talks to Prateek Waghre about some concrete steps authorities can take to get children back to learning.
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All Things Policy: A COVID-19 Vaccine Made in India?

The ICMR recently stoked controversy by asking hospitals to participate in clinical trials for developing a COVID-19 vaccine by August 15. Is this a realistic deadline? What does it tell us about the state of scientific research in India? How close are we, really, to a vaccine, and how will...

Radio, Buddies & More: Alternatives For Students Without Internet

With the COVID-19 pandemic’s requirement for social distancing, it will be difficult to physically reopen schools. When schools in Israel reopened, clusters of COVID-19 cases were reported from them and all schools had to be closed again. Thus, keeping schools closed is a wise option. The current situation has certainly...

All Things Policy: COVID and Coronil

Ayurvedic formulations touting to cure COVID-19 have raised questions both about their claims and the scientific rigour of their clinical trials. Prateek Waghre talks to Sunila Dixit and Shambhavi Naik about Patanjali’s Coronil “immunity booster” and lessons to learn from this episode.

All Things Policy: Treating COVID-19

While much attention is paid to developing a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, what are the treatments being tested or developed? Shambhavi Naik and Sunila Dixit join Aditya Ramanathan to look at the potential treatments and some promising new research. Also check out our episode on COVID-19 vaccines: https://ivmpodcasts.com/all-things-policy-episode-list/2020/5/6/ep-319-when-will-we-get-a-vaccine
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