April 2021 saw the start of an all-India surge in Covid-19 infections owing to a devastating and rapidly spreading second wave. The surge is different from last year’s peak in many ways. The scale of the catastrophe, in the form of infections, deaths, and loss has surpassed what we saw in the first wave. Needless to say, every individual and family in the country is coping with anxiety, fear and helplessness.
Through the support of the Pratham community across the globe, funds are being raised to support the efforts of partners like Piramal Swasthya, Project Mumbai and others to deploy oxygen concentrators as well as other medical supplies to hospitals and care facilities across the country. Volunteers from our teams across the country are helping to identify areas of need, and support information collection to support healthcare partners. In response to this emergent situation, Pratham USA has established the Pratham Covid Relief Fund to support immediate and long-term recovery efforts.
With in-person activities on hold across all our vocational training centres, we will be leveraging these spaces across more than 8 states in India to be converted to isolation, care or vaccination facilities to be managed by government authorities. In addition, we aim to reach out to communities in catchment areas and partners to support on-ground health awareness activities and enable access to equipment and supplies. To read more about these activities, click below.
Covid-19 Impact on Labor
India’s Turning Point
As India is at the brink of a turning point with the COVID-19 pandemic, it requires decisive reforms to spring back on a growth trajectory and create jobs to make it sustainable. The report maps out the pitfalls of economic stagnation and the post-pandemic opportunities to drive growth.
Workers' in the time of COVID-19
ActionAid’s longitudinal survey of over 16,000 informal workers across 23 states during different phases of the lockdown covers a broad range of pertinent issues such as livelihoods, wages and access to social welfare schemes. It reveals that although more people are able to find jobs, only small proportion are employed full-time.
Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-COVID-19 World
In this World Economic Forum's report, leaders from the Global Advisory Forum share their thoughts on the potential challenges and opportunities in the post pandemic world. The report also has an exclusive piece on ‘technology’ and its changing relationship with the society highlighting its effect on business, governance and policies.
From Insights to Action
The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing its dangerous upward trend globally and without measures to shield the most vulnerable, the number of people living in extreme poverty will increase by 96 million in 2021. This UN Women Report 2020 highlights the disproportionate effect on women and calls for greater attention and investment to prioritize gendered effects of the crisis..
Temporary Basic Income
Covid-19 has a devastating socio-economic impact on the developing countries and has even led to the loss of jobs and income during these unprecedented times. The Asian Development Bank and The ILO estimate that around 3 million below the age of 30 years have lost their jobs. In this report, the UNDP provides estimates for a minimum guaranteed income to the 2.7 billion people around the world.
Listening to Young Lives at Work
This study by Young Lives organisation at the University of Oxford aims to investigate the short and medium term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health, well-being, and transition to the labor market and education trajectories of young people. It’s important to gauge at all these parameters to introduce appropriate initiatives in the economy embracing the new normal.