As the pandemic changes with time, so does our response to mitigate its effects. We present a host of interventions conducted by TISS to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 and will keep updating our response to the pandemic.
Kerala was the first Indian state known to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s Reach Out Kerala'(LROK) is an initiative born out of the urgent need to help address the concerns on Guest Workers (GWers) stranded during the lockdown. It is a collaborative project with the Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation (CLSI), TISS and National Health Mission, Ernakulam (under Aditi Devo Bhava project) coordinated by Dr Devisha Sasidevan. The project’s strength lies in the working together of our mentors, advisory members, over 200 volunteers and many state and non-state personnel. It reaches out to the Guest Workers who are stranded in all districts of Kerala and many concerns in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Assam, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Telengana and Maharashtra. We ensure needful support such as facilitating action to address issues related to accessibility and availability of food, the threat of eviction, emergency medical support, mental health support and provide relevant information regarding their rights in the current pandemic situation.
School Initiative for Mental Health Advocacy is an advocacy, research and capacity building initiative of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. In April 2020, SIMHA hosted a series of webinars school leaders, teachers and counsellors to create a space for shared learning in response to the current CoVid-19 pandemic. Attendees from 30 cities across 10 states and 2 Union Territories benefitted for this session.
This response is part of SIMHA’s The Smiling Schools Project – a five year project that aims to create mental health systems in Municipal schools. Through this collaboration SIMHA’s whole-school mental health framework has now been adopted and executed in over 150 schools under the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and 100 schools under the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) in Maharashtra.
Unnat Bharat Abhiyan ‘is inspired by the vision of transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions to help build the architecture of an Inclusive India’. Students of TISS Tuljapur train with the MHRD’s Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, the ministry documents. Moreover, camps to teach mask making, hand washing and basic health care to at risk communities have been conducted by TISS Tuljapur.
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