Nicole Pal and Päivi Reckman, first year students of the Research Master Global Health, had to return from their interships at the Centre of Equity Studies (CES) in Delhi, India, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In India, the most vulnerable groups of the population get hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only by the disease itself, but mostly because of the consequences of the lockdown policy, imposed by the government. Learn more about this through the blogpost by Harsh Mander, head of the CES.
Athena has a longstanding partnership with the Centre for Equity Studies. The CES is a non-profit organisation that aims to bring focus to inequities in India through research, advocacy and action. Areas of focus include urban poverty, care for the homeless, conflict and targeted violence. Through their work, CES aims to represent these groups in the government in order to improve the services provided. They also provide services to these vulnerable groups, for example through the Street Medicine project, where teams of health professionals bring health care to those who live on the streets and the coordination of two homeless shelters.
Although Nicole and Pävi had to leave India two months early, they are now proceeding their research projects with the required level of creativity and flexibility and are still connected with the CES and their goals.
Take a look at their video to find out more!