Interactive Session on Knowledge update: Child care and Family health via zoom
The COVID 19 Pandemic: The devastating impact of corona virus and its many threats to health and economy are already bringing sweeping change to governments, industries, and ordinary family life. A curtailment of daily freedom and the uncertainties are all shared around work place, business and associated income stream. These have become part of the new ‘normal’ and we struggle to establish new routines for daily living in these most difficult circumstances.
In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new corona virus disease, COVID-19. Within a few weeks they declared it to be a Public Health emergency of global concern. WHO stated that there is a high risk of COVID-19 spreading to countries around the world in a very short span. In March 2020, WHO made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. As of July 2020, around 1.5 billion children are out of school worldwide.
Some concerns amongst parents are: Can my child be infected? Where should I go to seek care? When should we be testing? As a family, what can we do to stay healthy – physically and mentally – during this unprecedented lock down? As a frontline worker how can you address these concerns? Child Health practitioners and Public Health experts have also been raising the same questions and drawing up protocols to provide medical care and community centered interventions. So here is an attempt to initiate a dialogue with you, our frontline workers so that OUR CHILDREN benefit from our care and our collective thinking.
Shanti Ashram & the International Center for Child and Public Health has prioritized children particularly vulnerable children during COVID 19. We have studied the needs of the community, innovated and continued critical services to children through-out the lockdown. A composite 13 intervention agenda for the protection and care of children is being currently implemented by us. The International Center for Child and Public Health shares WHO’s mandate and advances its 2nd programme goal to provide comprehensive, integrated and responsive health services in a community-based settings. A series of community centered interventions, talks by experts, papers and field research continues to form part of the ICPH 2020 action agenda.
About the Speaker: Dr. Lakshmi Shanthi
Dr.Lakshmi Shanthi: Is a Graduate from Coimbatore Medical College.PG Diploma in Adolescent Pediatrics from Kerala University. She is an Active member of IAP, Coimbatore Chapter. Actively involved in conducting programs related to Adolescent issues in Schools & Colleges and engaged in Breastfeeding campaign of IAP, Coimbatore chapter. She is currently working as Medical Officer in Coimbatore Municipal Corporation. Dr.Lakshmi has been a close associate of Shanti Ashram and expertise Pediatrician for adolescent health outreach.