The global pandemic of COVID-19 has aggravated violence against women in all sectors of society. According to UN agencies, since the outbreak of COVID-19, violence (sexual and physical) against women/ girls has intensified. Globally, in the last one year, 243 million women and girls have been subjected to sexual and physical violence. This number is most likely to increase due to heightened security, health, and money constraints. Within the first week of national lockdown in India, National Commission for Women (NCW) has reported a steep rise in complaints of women from 116 to 257 in the last week of March 2020.
An online survey was rolled out during the first lockdown period between 5th to 30th April 2020 to understand the common perception of the population on violence against women through a set of questions. A total of 401 respondents answered the complete survey across 25 states of India. Social media platforms (What’s app, Facebook, and Linked in) and email lists were utilized as data collection methods. A univariate analysis was carried out to understand the perception of violence against women during the lockdown period due to COVID-19 situation. Findings from our study suggested that an overall 68% of the respondents were feeling low during the lockdown. Mental health was rated as ‘average’ by nearly 38% of all the respondents. Furthermore, around 4 in 10 respondents reported an increase in mental health issues owing to economic slow-down, regular news updates on mortality and coronavirus spread, insecurity arising due to fear of loss of job, and lack of social circle. Nearly half of the males and urban respondents perceived that women’s workload has increased under lockdown situation.
Results from the figure above showcases that overall 44 percent of the respondents agreed that violence against women will increase during the lockdown. Therefore, with the extended lockdown, the state functionaries must pay attention to the women in distress facing any form of violence. There is an emerging need to allocate enough resources like providing counseling services, creating awareness through media, helpline support, and accessible health services to the women in need.
Government of Rajasthan has been very proactive in getting its High Delivery Load facilities as LaQshya certified. Recently, District Hospital, Sirohi in Rajasthan was certified as a LaQshya facility by Government of India. NIPI is providing technical and programmatic support to the facility and state stakeholders in the process of certification.
UNICEF India has commissioned a Real Time Evaluation (RTE) to assess and improve the relevance, coverage, effectiveness, and efficiency of its COVID-19 crisis response in 5 Indian states, by providing immediate feedback and recommendations for improvement across UNIECF’s six pillars in India.
Education has changed drastically during the pandemic with the advancement of e-learning to offer students the much required digital exposure. The Government of Meghalaya has initiated online learning in the state as part of the learning campaign ‘Bharat Padhe Online' to mitigate the impact of the crisis in the education system.
Management of the crisis requires an integrated approach with an overarching strategy at the Central and sub-national levels. In response to the crisis, Smart Cities have stepped up to the task of sharing technical & technological resources to attain the larger goal of containing and reducing the impact of COVID-19.
The sudden onset of the global crisis has imposed restrictions on educational institutions across India resulting in the suspension of classrooms and initiation of online classes. As part of the response measure, Government of Meghalaya has introduced e-learning across the state to ensure uninterrupted learning process.
To support the strengthening of MoHFW's COVID-19 response, Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI), as a responsible development partner, provided technical & other programmatic support to various states & union territories of the country.
The team conducted holistic set of activities to reduce the impact of the pandemic. Activities included assessment of hospitals and health care facilities, training healthcare staff on infection control practices and ensuring effective and streamlined contact tracing to control and reduce the infection risk.
The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions to global trade, business, and education and is estimated to cost the world economy a staggering $1Trillion. However, the pandemic offers an opportunity for emerging economies like Bangladesh to tap into new trends by focusing on demand-led market segments.
Tourism is a strategically significant sector in Sri Lanka and is the third-largest export earner for the country. In an effort to revive the country's tourism infrastructure, the government is revising Sustainable Tourism Development Project (STDP).
Putting staff safety first, project implementation slab a new normal. Practicing various precautionary measures, detailed guidelines for working from home, daily monitoring of work and extensive use of diverse digital platforms have been proposed to maintain social distancing norms and minimize physical contact.
The shutdown of all educational institutes in the country has impacted the entire education sector. In response, the Government has initiated strategies like the Meghalaya School Improvement Plan (MSIP) to continue the teaching-learning process throughout the state.
In response to the current crisis, Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) in collaboration with Health Information Service Provider (HISP) India created a COVID-19 dashboard for Jammu & Kashmir based on state’s specific requirements which are in compliance with MoHFW reporting requirements.
Over 1,200 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits were disseminated on urgent basis to Rajasthan and Jammu & Kashmir to bridge gaps emerging in regular supply chain being managed by the Health Department. The kits included disposable coverall, masks, gloves etc.
Due to the nature of the pandemic, educational institutions had to be closed to prevent its spread which led to the disruption of academic activities. In response, most of the schools in East Khasi Hills have sought to E-learning via applications like Google Classroom, NICE INFOTECH E-Scholar etc for uninterrupted learning.
COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges for public health. This campaign aim to raise social awareness for combating stigma; creating an enabling environment for people with symptoms to seek help and show solidarity, encouragement and support to all healthcare workers and sanitation staff in charge.
The disruption caused due to COVID-19 has compelled educational institutions across India, and the world to suspend physical classrooms and shift to online classes. In response to this crisis, Government of Meghalaya has been implementing online education across the state to ensure smooth progression of the learning cycle.
In response to the current pandemic, an unexpected result of the partnership between Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) and Wadhwani Institute, a nonprofit organization has been the development of a triaging tool for detecting COVID-19 suspect cases in Indian states.
Working in the community, the team is working with commitment for corona warriors and is also facilitating the access of ration, food packets etc. among the labourers. The project is aimed at helping Rajasthan Urban Sector Development Programme in consultations and public awareness.
Health and well being are of utmost importance now and the pandemic has impacted physical & mental health of the population at large. The primary findings from this study suggest that strengthening health care with special mental health services, developing support groups/peer counseling services are the key to achieving a happy & healthy life.
Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) is DFID’s flagship intervention in higher education. Due to the unprecedented changes caused by the pandemic, the team with the support of SPHEIR has designed a tool for students & lecturers to provide brief reflections against topics including their learning experiences, change in teaching practices and the impact of COVID-19.
IPE CKD with UNDP has developed a swipe-based game - a first in a series of three games which helps in reinforcing behaviour change communication to fight COVID-19. Available in 7 Indian languages (Hindi, Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telegu, Bangla) & 5 International languages (English, French, Portuguese, Arabic,Tetum), the game tracks user response and sends relevant messages.
COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all segments of the population and is proving detrimental to the global economy. To mitigate its impact, the team is planning to undertake three case studies across two countries in response to the pandemic while identifying and considering country-wise scenario planning, assessing budget implications and conducting detailed risk assessment.
In response to the pandemic, Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity (PAHAL) team is supporting the National Health Authority (NHA) in mobilizing Corporate TB Pledge members to additionally work in COVID- 19 affected areas by offering technical expertise in communicable disease management.
An update on the crisis shared by our health team that leverages existing state and district level assignment to integrate COVID-19 response measures. The team is conducting set of activities such as strengthening infection prevention control, increasing precautions, tracking cases and mitigating the infection risk.
Team engaged in providing operational and administrative support to combat the pandemic in the city which includes preparation of standard operating procedures coupled with data monitoring.
COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all segments of the population and is proving detrimental to the socio-economic construct of our country. It is critical to building societies supported by a new policy framework with adequate resources for social security laying a foundation for long-term improvements.
COVID-19 is posing an existential crisis and disruption and the world is facing a threat unlike any other that is impacting our livelihoods, economies and well-being. Entrepreneurs have also been impacted largely as a result of the crisis, specifically women entrepreneurs and their business ventures.
At a time when front-line workers like Anganwadi workers (AWW) in Odisha are continuing to work hard during times of a national lockdown, our community led campaign facilitates the front-line to help them continue to work hard during the lockdown and leverage technology when field visits are not a possibility.
Supporting state government’s effort to fight the pandemic, the team is managing and controlling the spread of the virus by tracking new reported cases and helping out those working outside the state continuously.
A webinar on food security and sustainability in the time of COVID-19 with its prospects & challenges was conducted. The webinar focused on some important information about food security during the pandemic.
Amidst the virus, technology has emerged as a game changer at the public and private sector. From virtual tools to e-discussion, a multi-dimensional “out of box” approach is the need of the hour.
COVID-19 has presented a situation where the need for communication is important. Amidst this, a specific cadre of Nutrition workers under the RajPusht project are ensuring to help create awareness during the pandemic.