ZEF Public Lecture: Multi-sectoral collaborations for routine health services during COVID19 pandemic in Ahmedabad, India: Preliminary findings from CoV Intersect project

July 7, 2022 | 13:30 h - 14:30 h

Title: Multi-sectoral collaborations for routine health services during COVID19 pandemic in Ahmedabad, India: Preliminary findings from CoV Intersect project

Speaker: Dr. S. Yasobant


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose severe challenges to global health beyond the impact of the disease itself. Given the severe disruption of routine healthcare services, countries have developed and implemented strategies to mitigate their existing health system strengths. The CoV intersect project aimed to document how the multi-sectoral collaborations played a role in maintaining routine health services during the COVID-19 pandemic in a local health system in a Western city of India, Ahmedabad. The samples were drawn from administrative, clinical, and community levels, including private and public sectors. All potential sectors that collaborated and/or contributed to the health system were documented, and their collaboration pattern was explored, especially for the maternal and child health services. The voice of both COVID-19 positive and negative pregnant mothers delivered during the different waves was included in the survey to understand the demand side perspective of the health service disruption. The data regarding their functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the measures taken, the collaborations done, and the challenges faced while delivering essential services were documented. The preliminary findings from both the quantitative and qualitative data will be presented with a key focus on the availability of routine services, challenges faced, details on the various collaborations, and functionalities of the health sector during the pandemic.



Sandul Yasobant is working as a Technical Officer (Research) at the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar(IIPHG), India; a Postdoc fellow at the Institute for Hygiene & Public Health, University Hospital Bonn, Germany; an Associate Researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany; an Adjunct Faculty at the Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (DMIMS), India. He also holds editorial affiliations with Springer Nature, Frontiers, PLOS, and Taylor & Francis. Originally from Odisha (eastern India), Yasobant has completed his health education and public health training at Utkal University, Sri Ramachandra University in India, and the University of Bonn in Germany. He has completed the Doctoral Program ‘One Health & Urban Transformation’ at ZEF and obtained a public health doctoral degree from the medical faculty, University of Bonn, Germany, in 2020. Yasobant’s research incorporates health policy and system research, One Health and disease prevention, and environment and occupational health. Yasobant has conducted extensive research in Southeast Asia and is currently engaged in research activities in India and Ghana. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed international journal articles and 03 book chapters and edited one volume of the book. [More info: https://blogs.biomedcentral.com/onhealth/2021/09/01/meet-the-sdg3-researchers-sandul-yasobant/]

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