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Controlling the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Role of Strong Healthcare Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the subject of healthcare to the forefront. As such, it becomes pertinent to ask the question that why some countries are doing better than others in dealing with this crisis? Does the answer lie in the difference in the healthcare system of various countries? In this article, we try to answer this question by looking at some of the features of the healthcare systems of four countries - Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand - that have been successful in controlling and managing the situation. As our analysis will show, these countries relied on their historical investment in building public healthcare and quick preparedness in dealing with the pandemic.


The Black Swan of the Century: Birthing Covid-19

In the age of rapid globalization, associated/subsequent international, interstate and intrastate migrations and increased economic cooperation between global communities, the chances of an infectious disease spreading from one country to another are quicker. From Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that broke out in 2002 to the present-day ongoing pandemic Covid-19, there are many reasons why the global community needs to be vigilant and responsible. Understanding how the virus began is an important step that can lead to policy changes in stemming such risks.


COVID-19 lockdown ensures clean air in India

The coronavirus pandemic has been an unexpected boon for global air pollution levels. As most countries and major metropolitan areas are under lockdown to contain the spread of Covid 19, the halt has resulted in a considerable drop in pollution indexes in Paris, London, Milan and most importantly Delhi. This has exposed the scale of pollution caused by human activities alone.


Global leader or astute negotiator: China helps tackle Covid-19

The city of Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Hubei province in Central China, is now infamous as the epicentre of the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus disease--Covid-19. What was reported in the initial days of December 2019, as an ‘outbreak of pneumonia of unknown cause’, restricted to the city of Wuhan, soon turned out to be a horrifying global calamity, spiralling out of control and spreading all across the globe. As China emerges successful in reducing the number of Covid-19 cases in their country, this article attempts to analyse whether there is a possibility that China could lead the way in the global efforts to contain the deadly Covid-19. This article also attempts to analyse whether other nations could benefit from cooperating with China or would it pave the way for China’s global supremacy.


कोविड-19 का परीक्षण व टीका विकास

सार्स-सीओवी-2 (SARS-CoV-2) वायरस से फैली कोविड-19 (COVID-19) बीमारी की चपेट में अमूमन विश्व का अधिकांश देश आ गया है। विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन डैशबोर्ड के अनुसार 23 मार्च, 2020 तक विश्व के 186 देशों में 2,94,110 लोगों में इस वायरस...


Covid-19: Test, Test and Test

There is a large difference between the number of casualties in Italy and South Korea caused by Covid-19. The testing programme of these countries seems to be the key to this contrast. India is still at Stage 2 of this pandemic and should implement proven strategies of both social distancing and testing to contain the disease before it escalates to the next stage.


The COVID-19 Fatalities: Is there a geographic pattern?

COVID-19 has spread to over 50 countries across the world. The virulence and lethality of the virus seems to be higher in regions with colder, dryer, temperate climate. However, India needs to be vigilant and cautious to prevent an outbreak.


Migration and Upward Mobility in the Labour Market: The Case of Kerala

Millions of people migrate, within and outside their country, to widen their livelihood prospects. The movement is central to the upliftment of living standards for migrants and their families. Using the Kerala Migration Survey (KMS), 2018, this study attempts to examine the relationship between migration and upward mobility.


Gender and Skilled Migration: Women in the Indian Tech Sector

Who goes abroad and why? The impact of going abroad for international assignments is usually gendered. While women make up nearly 35 per cent of the labour force in the Indian tech sector, a proportionally smaller group takes up international assignments. In this article, we draw on our findings to highlight who this group is, how the nature of work and migration is gendered and how it impacts women’s long-term career prospects within the Indian tech sector.


Trans-South Asian Diaspora Philanthropy: A Driver for GCM?

The author argues for the deployment of humanitarian philanthropy which a trans-South Asian can exhibit to support sustainable development in the countries of their origin particularly to achieve the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) objective through contributions in the fields of education and health.