Full story "How a packed slum in Mumbai beat back the coronavirus, as cases in India continue to soar", can be found in The Washington Post by Niha Masih
How did Mumbai's sprawling slum of Dharavi draw praise from the World Health Organization in July for its "aggressive action" in containing the coronavirus while the rest of the country's cases continue to soar?
At the moment, India is third behind Brazil and the United States in confirmed coronavirus infections however, according to Bloomberg News, cases are climbing at the fastest rate in the world. Due to a combination of customized solutions, community involvement and perseverance, Dharavi has managed to escape in the midst of the crisis and the world should take notes.
The odds were staked against the slum, located in the epicentre of the country's cases and 99% of the city's ICU beds occupied by mid-June. Approximately 1 million people are packed inside Dharavi's one-square-mile area. The strict lockdown first imposed in March, left thousands of the slum's daily-wage residents on the verge of destitution. Conventional solutions such as social distancing and contact tracing became near impossible to enforce. So how did Dharavi earn its praise? Read the full article HERE.
The SDGs, COVID-19 and the Global South:
Insights from the Sustainable Development Report 2020
By Guillaume Lafortune, Finn Woelm, Grayson Fuller, and Alyson Marks
"Every year, the Sustainable Development Report (SDR) tracks the performance of all UN member states on the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – adopted in 2015 by world leaders. This article discusses progress made on the SDGs in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Asia, as well as the likely short-term impacts of COVID-19 in these regions where reported daily cases and virus transmission are growing rapidly. It identifies five key measures that international cooperation efforts should urgently include to address the immediate consequences of the health and economic crises in vulnerable countries and population groups." Read the full article here.
Nurses call the world to universal healing & respect for human rights…
in this time of pain
“To love, to help one another, to act together,
to strive together, to work to the same end!”
Florence Nightingale, 1876
By: Debbie McElligott to her daughter, a critical care nurse
This prayer was written by Deborah McElligott, DNP, ANP-BC, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, CDE, Center for Wellness & Integrative Medicine, Northwell Health, on Long Island in Manhaset, New York.
This prayer was written one sleepless night right before dawn. I am an NP and Integrative Nurse Coach, and nurse for over 47 years, who has been working safely at home during this crisis doing virtual programs with my clients and staff. My daughters are both nurses. One recently fractured her pelvis skiing, but the other, a CCU nurse for over 20 years is now experiencing her CCU as one of the many COVID vented units on Long Island, NY. I struggled with ways to support her, especially the feelings which surface the night before she returns to her 12-hour shift. This tearful reflection helped me as much as it may help others. It made me realize there is much I can do—even from a distance— with a powerful heartful connection and virtual hugs.
A forward-looking, unprecedented agenda for world health...
To learn more and download this in-depth Report — click here.
Highlighted here—to celebrate and participate in the 2020 Nightingale Bicentenary and 2020 Year of the Nurse & the Midwife—we are featuring “The Return of the Nightingale™”—created and designed by our good friends and nursing colleagues Jill L. Schumacher BSN, MS, BD, DNM, and Meredith A. McCord BSN, MS, BD, DNM.
Our guide for this ‘pilgrimage’ was our dear friend and colleague the Reverend Tom Keighley, who is also a British nursing leader who now serves as a consultant to the European Union and particularly for the EU’s newest nations, as they prepare their nursing workforce to meet EU health care standards.
Over lunch at the Royal Naval Club, we shared our plans for the Nightingale’s 2020 Bicentenary and received some great suggestions from Tom, who also serves as one of NIGH’s international Advisors.
All photos for this Blog are from NIGH’s archives and Phalakshi Manjrekar’s camera.
During the last days of our time together, we capped off our amazing journey — with lovely meals and snacks with friends and colleagues — focusing on our collective preparations to participate in and celebrate the 2020 Nightingale Bicentenary in less than four years from now.
Above, after visiting St Paul’s Cathedral, we found a lovely nearby coffee place where we supped with Jill Iliffe, the CEO of the Commonwealth Nurses & Midwives Federation (CNMF). We especially wanted to thank her again for hosting us at their 3rd International Conference and for facilitating our further planning for the 2020 Bicentenary with CNMF's Board of Directors at their the 2016 Annual General Meeting.
Shown below, the next day, we were also hosted for a gracious midmorning tea — in the historic Victoria district — by our friends and colleagues Liz Robb (left) and Abi Masterson (right) of the Florence Nightingale Foundation — who host the Westminster Abbey Service to honour Nightingale & Nurses every year. See our Blog titled 'Remembering Nightingale in Westminster, London.'
Again we were inspired to ponder — together — how best to prepare to celebrate Nightingale’s vision for nurses during her Bicentenary.
Maps derived from Google Maps. Photos from NIGH’s archives and Phakakshi Manjrekar’s camera.
As we prepare to celebrate the 2020 Nightingale Bicentenary—with worldwide advocacy to achieve UN Global Goals—now the UN SDGs—we also remember the related 2010 Event where nurses advocated to achieve UN Global Goals—then the UN MDGs—for the first time. To revisit many features from this 2010 Event, click here.
UN MDG & SDG Logo Charts used with required attribution to UN.org