Impact of COVID-19 on the lives of vulnerable young people in New Delhi, India: a mixed-method study

COVID-19 disproportionately impacts health systems in low-income settings and the health of the most marginalized populations.

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Teacher’s Day Celebration

Teachers day celebration at all the PACE centres. BUDS teachers and facilitators celebrated teachers day on 5th September 2021. They also provided them with refreshments.

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COVID Phase 2 Response Among the Indian Marginalized Communities

Dr. Rajeev Seth along with Dr. Abhijit Chowdhury was invited as a special guest for a webinar by John Hopkins Maternal and Child Health Center. The title of the webinar was “Voices from the Frontlines”. Dr. Seth, the managing trustee of BUDS, shared his views, stories from the field, and lessons from the COVID-19 response in India. The emphasis was also laid on innovation during a crisis and reaching the most vulnerable via grassroots organizations.

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“Community Based COVID Preparedness (CBCP)”

NM Prusty, President of Humanitarian Aid International, and Mentor-Cum-Director, Centre for Development and Disaster Management support Services (CDDMASS- a Strategy Center), along with Mr. Kamal Kishore, Member, National Disaster Management Authority, and Prof. Santosh Kumar Professor and Head of Policy planning and Community Issues in NIDM took a webinar on “Community Based COVID Preparedness (CBCP)”. He also engaged with the audience using mentipoll results. The webinar was chaired by Dr. Prof. RN Srivastava, and Dr. Rajiv Seth moderated the webinar.

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COVID-19, Awareness Campaign

The community members had vaccine hesitancy about the COVID-19 vaccination. BUDS in collaboration with the M3M foundation ran an awareness campaign from 16th of August, 2021 to 31st of August, 2021 to raise awareness of the community members about COVID-19 vaccination intake in the Tauru block of Haryana.

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Nutrition Week Celebration

BUDS celebrated Nutrition Week from September 1- September 7, 2021. The theme for 2021 was “Feeding smart right from Start” and therefore the activities were planned accordingly. We celebrated nutrition week in all three drop-in centers of Delhi with adolescent girls and boys. Our focus was on raising awareness of young children and adolescents with help of stories, quizzes, and edutainment games. Keeping in view the socio-economic background of marginalized children BUDS staff also distributed fruits and protein-rich food among the remedial students.