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#UniteWithoutBorders: Health Expert Devi Sridhar On Effects Of Coronavirus And How To Cope With It

#UniteWithoutBorders: Health Expert Devi Sridhar On Effects Of Coronavirus And How To Cope With It

Highlights

  1. Health expert Devi Sridhar emphasises on importance of groups like MSF
  2. Ms Sridhar explains the current situation of the Coronavirus pandemic
  3. Ms Sridhar says Coronavirus is picking up the pace
New Delhi: 

COVID-19 continues making its roots stronger across the world, with each passing day. Amidst this, we should not forget medical caregivers and healthcare professionals who are fighting against COVID-19 on the frontline. In an effort to support frontline warriors, NDTV in collaboration with the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the independent medical organisation has initiated a campaign ‘Unite Without Borders'. The campaign aims at raising funds to support the MSF's medical caregivers by providing them with essential equipment and containing the outbreak by distributing masks and hygiene kits to keep thousands of the most vulnerable people protected.

Also Read: WHO's David Nabarro Joins #UniteWithoutBorders, Highlights The Importance Of Investing In Public Healthcare

As part of the campaign #UniteWithoutBorders, a two-hour special telethon was organised which was joined by Devi Sridhar, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Edinburgh and Founding Director, Global, Health Governance Programme. At the telethon, Ms Sridhar spoke about the importance of groups like Doctors Without Borders in fighting global pandemics and said,

They are incredibly important because I think this is a virus and a disease that, if you do need medical care and you do not get it; you will die from this. And these groups that are providing this medical care are saving lives and doing very valuable work that we should all applaud and support.

Ms Sridhar further explained the current situation of the Coronavirus and how to cope up with it. Talking about the wide range of symptoms of COVID-19 and how it affects the human body, Ms Sridhar said,

The virus can present the classic symptoms which are, fever and dry cough. But increasingly it can also present as a loss of taste or smell. As well as others coming into hospitals with, like, blood clots in their lungs, or having a heart attack or heart issues. It's a multi-system disease which means it can affect the lungs, the heart, the kidneys, blood flow. And so it's recognising a wide range of presentation when you come in and also when you treat patients, the wide range of symptoms you will need to treat.

Also Read: #UniteWithoutBorders: Protecting The Frontline Warriors - Medical Caregivers In The Fight Against Coronavirus Pandemic

As on June 28, the world has reported over 1 crore cases of COVID-19. Of this, India accounts for 5.28 lakh cases of Novel Coronavirus. Talking about the constant increase in the number of cases and where do we stand with the curve of the virus, Ms Sridhar said,

Daily new records are being set for increasing cases. First it was 1,00,000 daily new cases and then it was 1,50,000, now it is 1,80,000-1,90,000. And I wouldn't be surprised if we are at 200,000 within days. So, it's really picking up the pace and taking off. We are still on the upper trend; just at the start to middle of this pandemic, unfortunately.

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Kushalta Ke Kadam, an initiative by NDTV and USHA, aims at empowering women from rural India and encourages them to become entrepreneurs by taking up sewing and training others in their respective communities. Since 2011 Usha Silai Campaign has trained more than 3.95 lakh rural women within five years, with 17,000 Silai schools, spanning over 9272 Indian villages in India.

 

Kushalta Ke Kadam in Season 4 has returned with new goals and vision. The new season will witness the establishment of the new cluster in Kashmir, apart from the existing four clusters setup last year. The women from volatile Kashmir will work with well-known fashion designer Rohit Bal and get an unique opportunity to learn from him and make clothes for him. The work done by the Silai School women will be presented at Lakme Fashion week 2019.

 

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Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching
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Rebari girls grow up learning traditional embroidery, which along with their new found sewing skills developed at Usha Silai Schools, is helping them earn a living.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Usha Silai School has empowered many rural women to support their family and send their children to school.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

The Usha Silai School, established in a small nondescript village that goes by the name of Kottai, is helping empower people from varied communities.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

The all-inclusive Usha Silai School Programme covers the entire nation from hamlets tucked between hills to villages cast by the sea.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Vegetables farmers from the Mizoram hills earn very little given the topography of the area. Usha Silai Schools have played an important part in this region by skilling women to financially contribute towards their households.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Usha Silai School learner Lucy has trained seven other women in her community, helping them to become financially independent.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Women like Kaviben from the nomadic Rebari community are finally laying down their roots as they begin to gain financial independence and thereby stability through Usha Silai School.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Usha Silai School, located in the Gujarat's Bhuj village, is enabling rural women to earn as much as Rs. 2,500-4,000 each month.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Usha Silai School, in association with a Gujarat based NGO called Kala Raksha, is trying to bring about a Silai revolution in Bhuj.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Besides training other women from their community, many Usha Silai School learners have become entrepreneurs in their own right.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

With sewing becoming easily accessible and lucrative, the silai schools are also helping revive traditional motifs and designs.

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