Public Health Communication

Current efforts by the Health Promotion Division on COVID-19

Social media engagement for awareness on COVID-19 disease: The Health Promotion Division of PHFI is undertaking series of social media activities on prevention and management aspect of COVID-19 as part of ongoing ‘Project PaTHWay: Promoting Health and Wellbeing’, with students and teachers from schools and colleges. This project is being funded by the AXA Business Services as part of their CSR. The project is being undertaken in Bengaluru and Pune in collaboration with National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) and Janaseva Foundation. The programme is ongoing in 20 schools, 4 colleges and 5 workplaces, in Pune and Bengaluru. Some of these ongoing activities are: selfies sharing by students, teachers/faculty members with interesting message and activities that they have been doing at home during the lockdown (https://www.facebook.com/362601477116421/posts/3020773554632520/?flite=scwspnss&extid=wT9xrXaMQHhVoNkK), video making contest, mask making at home, social media activities on World No Tobacco Day, 2020 on ‘Tobacco and COVID-19’. We have also developed presentation on Coronavirus and Covid-19 Disease, collating evidence-based information available on websites such as World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The presentation also consisted of some interesting activities which students can perform with their family members, during lockdown. This presentation was sent to our network of schools and colleges in Pune and Bengaluru. Teachers and faculty members are using this presentation and resources during their online academic classes with students.

Planned Activities as part of Project PaThWay: Apart from these, we have also planned COVID-19 relief activities in collaboration with Janaseva Foundation and NIMHANS, including free distribution of grocery kits and cooked meals to poor families with no income, in Pune and Pune district; free distribution of masks and sanitizers to the Senior Citizens staying at Old Age Home (OAH) and destitute children, distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), masks and Sanitizers to the frontline health workers, engaged in COVID activities with NIMHANS (Bengaluru).

Study to assess the impact of the national lockdown on tobacco consumption: The Health Promotion division in collaboration with HRIDAY and University of Edinburgh is undertaking a study to generate evidence to support policy and practice to address tobacco use during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. This study is being funded by University of Edinburgh’s Scottish Funding Council Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to enable research partnerships to advance international development focussed research on Covid-19. We will be conducting telephonic survey with 800 tobacco users, both smokers and smokeless users. The survey aims to: understand the levels of knowledge, attitudes and responses to public health advice about preventing the spread of COVID-19; investigate physical, mental, social and economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic on tobacco users and their families and; examine the relationship between Covid-19 and tobacco use.

Project iPROMISe (PROMoting Health Literacy in School) is an ongoing school-based initiative with aim to promote an enabling and supportive environment among children and adolescent to adopt healthy living practices. The project is being implemented by PHFI in collaboration with World India Diabetes Foundation (WIDF). Under the project, a comprehensive module comprising of interactive activities and short films (Audio-Visual module) focusing on importance of healthy diet and being physically active were developed following Health Belief Model (HBM). Given the current COVID crisis and extended period of virtual teaching in schools, we are planning to translate interventions for virtual platforms (including online sessions, competitions and development of mobile based application) for disseminating the preventive messages to influence both home and school environment. Links of audio-visual short films developed as part of project i-PROMIse has also been shared with schools. Additional reinforcing audio-visual messages are being developed for dissemination through social media platform.

Broadcast: Rajya Sabha TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZDyvtE1TQE&feature=youtu.be

Print: The Hindu: https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/how-public-health-boosts-an-economy/article31635362.ece

Broadcast: CNN News18 with Zakka Jacob: https://twitter.com/i/status/1262719818987270146

Print: New Indian Express: https://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/2020/may/19/covid-19-nursing-countries-to-better-health-2145142.html

Print: Financial Express: https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/comparing-countries-on-covid-19-deaths/1963523/

Print: Indian Express Explained: Print and Video: https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/k-srinath-reddy-we-cannot-live-in-permanent-lockdown-we-need-to-resume-life-but-with-great-caution-6416348/

Broadcast: India Today with Rajdeep Sardesai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBKuYNIcB2s&app=desktop

Online: The Print: https://theprint.in/health/india-must-prepare-for-community-transmission-of-covid-19-after-lockdown-health-expert/422248/

Print: Frontline: https://frontline.thehindu.com/cover-story/article31516484.ece?utm_campaign=amp_article_share&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=whatsapp.com

Video and Online: The Quint: https://fit.thequint.com/coronavirus/covid-19-india-its-time-to-exit-the-lockdown-says-dr-k-srinath-reddy

Wire: (IANS) Analysis of Prof Reddy’s Article in Financial Express: https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/indias-low-cumulative-deathsmn-amp-sociodemographics-key-in-tackling-covid19-crisis/1832892?utm_source=amp&utm_medium=wa&utm_campaign=amp

Tribune India: https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/testing-rate-no-check-on-covid-81808

Financial Express: https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/covid-19-testing-rates-do-not-match-mortality-rates/1948201/

Hindustan Times: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/what-s-the-right-measure-of-the-impact-of-covid-19/story-qZMBpUKntbE5fDdUuqA4MK.html

Podcast: The Hindu: https://www.thehindu.com/podcast/coronavirus-we-cannot-let-down-our-guard-for-another-year-the-hindu-in-focus-podcast-expert-view/article31480374.ece

Podcast: Indian Express: https://indianexpress.com/audio/3-things/what-should-we-know-about-symptomatic-carriers-of-covid-19/6380582/

Broadcast: Video Interview: The Print https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMxJ9IYOTdg&feature=youtu.be

Radio: All India Radio: http://newsonair.com/Main-NewsDetails.aspx?id=386723#.XqUN_bh9Jgg.whatsapp

Broadcast: India Today: South Asia Bucks The COVID Trend? Doctors From Across The Region Join Rajdeep Sardesai On News Today https://youtu.be/_bX0W18g0kU

Broadcast: Interview with Ms Marya Shakil on Epicenter on the Covid-19 debate https://www.facebook.com/31867849201/posts/10159825699014202/?vh=e&d=n

Webinar: The Response to Covid-19 in South Asia https://youtu.be/OokxuqBiZZI

Broadcast: ET Now: “India Development Debate” Lift the Lockdown?

Print: The Print: India’s high number of asymptomatic cases worrying, and herd immunity is far off https://theprint.in/opinion/indias-high-number-of-asymptomatic-cases-worrying-and-herd-immunity-is-far-off/407931/?amp#click=https://t.co/mQnui2gD1U

Broadcast: ETV https://www.socialnews.xyz/2020/04/22/public-health-foundation-of-india-president-dr-srinath-reddy-interview-over-covid-19-precautions-video/

Opinion Article: Hindustan Times: Covid-19: How will the people of Delhi respond as this crisis unfolds? https://bit.ly/3aFPZQT

Opinion Article: Financial Express: Coronavirus Pandemic: Covid, Critics and Contradictions https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/coronavirus-pandemic-covid-critics-and-contradictions/1934657/

Podcast: https://www.cnbctv18.com/healthcare/coronavirus-special-podcast-when-will-lockdown-end-what-to-do-once-restrictions-are-lifted-5709411.htm

Broadcast: CNBCTV18: https://twitter.com/i/status/1250794782378450944

Opinion Article: New Indian Express: Who all are covids fellow conspirators? https://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/2020/apr/15/who-all-are-covids-fellow-conspirators-2130218.html

Opinion Article: The Financial Express: Clues to Solve the Covid-19 Puzzle https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/clues-to-crack-the-covid-19-puzzle/1927459/

Opinion Article: The Financial Express: Reading the Covid Numbers Right https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/reading-the-covid-19-numbers-right/1921867

Broadcast: NDTV: Decoding the Numbers https://www.ndtv.com/video/news/the-news/covid-19-in-india-decoding-the-numbers-544918

Opinion Article: The Hindu: Team India and winning the pandemic https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/team-india-and-winning-the-pandemic-battle/article31312597.ece

GoodTimes: https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-jj85NF0KD/?igshid=3j9csaqj2sla

Broadcast: CNBCTV18 with Shereen Bhan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyuzpxJdvQg&feature=youtu.be

Opinion Article: Indian Express: https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/global-pandemic-coronavirus-cases-lockdown-covid-19-6327094/

Opinion Article: Quint: https://fit.thequint.com/fit-connect/coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-precautions-modi-speech-government-challenges-ahead

Opinion Article: Financial Express: https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/coronavirus-calls-for-pharma-rethink/1905160/

Opinion Article: Readers Digest: Corona Takes The Crown
https://www.readersdigest.co.in/health-wellness/story-corona-takes-the-crown-125412

Opinion Article: New Indian Express: Covid and Public Health Math https://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/2020/mar/18/covid-and-the-public-health-math-2118127.html

Opinion Article: Hindustan Times: How Coronavirus can affect India https://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/how-coronavirus-can-affect-india/story-3eJ1MFiQbeibCMwexrsouI.html

Interviews: Print and Broadcast

Financial Express: https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/fighting-corona-look-at-local-data-not-a-national-curve/1943702/

The Hindu: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/we-cannot-let-down-our-guard-till-april-or-may-next-year-says-srinath-reddy/article31466308.ece

New Indian Express: https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/apr/16/covid-19-waning-in-hot-weather-still-a-conjecture-prof-k-srinath-reddy-2130961.html

IANS: http://www.ianslive.in/index.php?param=news/Covid_19_waning_in_hot_weather_still_a_conjecture_IANS_Special-668152/NATION/1

New Indian Express: https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/apr/16/herd-immunity-has-to-be-acquired-over-time-2130724.html

New Indian Express: https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/apr/14/covid-19-cases-in-india-may-peak-by-april-end-if-current-trend-continues-dr-srinath-reddy-2130096.html

Economic Times: https://m.economictimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/healthcare/outbreak-likely-to-peak-in-late-april-phfi-president/articleshow/75129684.cms

NDTV India: Live with Ms Nidhi Kulpathi- Live Show

Indian Today with Rahul Kanwal: Live Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTz0RVNu1NY

Indian Express: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/coronavirus-india-lockdown-we-have-to-wait-for-two-more-weeks-to-see-if-the-curve-has-flattened-6355587/

The Times of India: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/lockdown-in-india-far-more-effective-than-other-countries-says-public-health-expert/articleshow/75018787.cms

Telganana Today: http://telanganatoday.com/india-yet-to-see-peak-of-corona-health-expert

Mongabay India: https://india.mongabay.com/2020/03/interview-must-not-target-ethnic-groups-and-create-prejudice-over-covid-19/

Hindustan Times: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/lockdown-effect-rising-coronavirus-cases-no-cause-for-panic-will-fall-by-april-end-dr-reddy/story-i8iahoVLS0FEVmZc1RocIO.html

Hindu Business Line: https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/models-on-mortality-are-not-reliable-srinath-reddy/article31155506.ece

The Hindu: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/care-and-containment-are-equally-important-phfi-president-srinath-reddy/article31111238.ece

Hindustan Times: https://www.livemint.com/news/india/-xenophobia-around-virus-can-be-more-virulent-than-virus-itself-11584293833562.html

ETV Bharat: https://www.etvbharat.com//english/national/business/economy/china-shutdown-an-opportunity-for-india-to-boost-domestic-manufacturing-of-pharma-ingredients-dr-k-srinath-reddy/na20200314185042804

ETV Bharat: https://www.etvbharat.com/english/national/bharat/bharat-news/india-can-prevent-novel-corona-virus-from-spreading-in-the-country-dr-k-srinath-reddy/na20200313235618897

News18: https://www.news18.com/news/india/india-naive-to-coronavirus-focus-should-be-on-preventing-new-cases-through-travellers-srinath-reddy-2535227.html

Saakshi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIibDaDGBRM

Print (Article Analysis): https://theprint.in/opinion/decline-in-indias-covid-r0-and-how-effective-is-the-test-test-test-mantra/406376/

Quartz: https://qz.com/india/1843604/india-shouldnt-mimic-the-us-or-europe-in-its-coronavirus-fight/

Joint Articles

Hindu Business Line https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/healthcare-reforms-shouldnt-be-transient/article31398624.ece?utm_campaign=amp_article_share&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=whatsapp.com

The Print: https://theprint.in/opinion/india-must-engage-informal-economies-in-fighting-coronavirus/404930/