CEHAT Calendar 2021 Challenge Accepted

Authors : CEHAT

Published Year: 2021

CEHAT, Challenge Accepted, Calendar 2021, 9 p.

The recent COVID 19 pandemic has exposed fault lines of Indian public health system. At the public health level; there has been a failure to explicitly address health workforce requirements and considerations. Reports are abundant about lack of PPEs, non-payment of salaries, absence of health insurance amongst others. Health workers endured assaults, harassment and social ostracism from society. Clearly, we failed to fulfil our reciprocal responsibilities towards healthcare workers who took additional risks to provide healthcare.

A rapid assessment was carried out by CEHAT across 13 peripheral hospitals in Mumbai between May and June 2020. This year's calendar is based on the study, "Health workers' response to the pandemic: Documenting challenges", in Mumbai. Telephonic interviews with different cadres were carried out to document their experiences in responding to COVID 19. There is a need for explicit policies and practices to support the health workforce through the pandemic. Through this calendar, we highlight the role of health workers during the strictest lockdown.

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