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Demystifying the Yale Study on Extended Closure of RLAs in India to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

While the world was battling COVID-19 and finding ways out of the pandemic, a study was released by Yale University, Connecticut, and Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts that linked the spread of COVID-19 to the Red Light areas. Many news outlets and media houses published this study, and the critique on it was quite limited. After a careful examination of the study, we share our reflection on the Study, it’s content, and recommendations based on our work spanning over three decades in the RLAs of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

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Covid Stories: Uncertainty in Rehabilitation and Disruption in Care Plans

Consistently working with her parents and younger siblings was extremely important in order to create a safety net for Prachi’s restoration. However, the COVID-19 situation has pushed the family further below the social ladder, without sustainable support from any front. The vulnerabilities have especially increased for Prachi’s younger sister Asha.

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Covid Stories: A Difficult Restoration

The pandemic had lead to the suspension of many due processes for children in need of care and protection. When Priya’s brother passed away during the pandemic, she had to be restored urgently to her family, making it a very challenging situation for the family, the child and also the social worker.

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Covid Stories: When Accessing Public Toilets becomes a Struggle

Social casework adapts to context and time. The current COVID-19 crisis has led to a change in the conventional methods of practicing social casework as field visits are not possible. This case helps understand the functioning of remote casework through coordination and communication with the child, family, and stakeholders.

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