awareness campaign Current Affairs - 2020

YASH launched by Department of Science and Technology

On April 30, 2020, programme YASH was launched by Department of Science and Technology. YASH is Year of Awareness on Science and Health. The awareness is being created to focus on COVID-19.

The initiative aims at encouraging public engagement and enable communities to increase their sense of awareness against COVID-19. By this, the governments can take informed decisions and mange associated risks.

Highlights

The National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) operating under Department of Science and Technology has launched YASH to focus on COVID-19. It is a comprehensive science and health communication initiative to promote grass-root level response on health.

What is the plan?

Under the initiative, the NCSTC has planned to work out academic, media, research and voluntary organizations to prepare for emergency and also to address challenges. The programme will include health, science and risk communication software, audio-visual, folk performances, digital platforms and communicators to address the challenges. The programme is to be launched in regional languages.

Aim of the programme

The programme has been launched to minimize the risks of COVID-19 at all levels with the help of public awareness.

Significance

The YASH programe will help in improving risk understanding, indigenous knowledge, bring attitudinal changes, to cope with courage and confidence.

India-WHO engages National Polio Surveillance Network for COVID-19

On April 16, 2020, India joined hands with World Health Organization to implement National Polio Surveillance Network to contain COVID-19. Along with COVID-19, the team will also be involved to support elimination of tuberculosis and other diseases.

Highlights

With National Polio Surveillance Project, India eliminated polio in 2014. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with World Health Organization is to now use the project to control the spread of COVID-19.

National Polio Surveillance Project

The Project was launched in 1997. It was collaboration between Indian Government and WHO. The project aimed to cover 100% of immunization in the country. The project worked with the help of UNICEF, Rotary international and launched large scale immunization programme.

In 2009, India accounted to 50% of world polio cases. The disease was controlled through intensive awareness campaigns. The false beliefs among citizens that polio vaccine causes impotency in children was removed through campaigns.