The Navigating COVID-19 Webinar Series began in May 2019 during the height of the pandemic lockdown in India. The series, comprised of three webinars, was entirely led by current AIF Fellows and AIF Fellowship Alumni on various topics related to the social sector. The event was organized in support of AIF’s COVID-19 Response by the AIF Clinton Fellowship COVID Response Team.
On May 16th, we hosted the second webinar of the series, Navigating COVID-19: How AIF Alumni are adapting to the crisis including three exciting presentations on supporting entrepreneurs in the Bronx and Bihar; how technology is improving contract tracing to slow down the virus; and the realities faced by migrant communities in India. Hosted by Jane Hammaker, the lighting presentations were given by AIF Alumnus Esmeralda Herrara, Sriya Srikrishnan, and Rachel Varghese.
Technology in Crisis: Dimagi’s Outbreak Response
Sriya Srikrishnan (’12 – ’13 Alum) is an MPH graduate, committed to improving community health programs, with a focus on maternal and child health, nutrition, and arts-based promotion of health. She played a strong role in the launch and scale up of a large scale health project to address malnutrition and improve maternal and child health in India. She is currently leading partnerships for the Dimagi India Team.
Entrepreneurship in Vulnerable Communities: Experiences From the Bronx, NY and Bihar, India
An ecosystem builder, Esmeralda Herrera (’17-’18 Alum) is Director of Programs and Community Relations in her Bronx community home. She has worked with Project Potential, an entrepreneurial hub in Bihar, India. She is dedicated and believes entrepreneurship is a great way to solve income inequality and would love to do her part to help others help themselves.
54 Days and Counting: Stories of How India’s Abandoned Poor Are Dealing With the National Lockdown
Rachel Varghese (’15 – ’16 Alum) is a public health researcher with Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL South Asia) and was also an AIF Clinton Fellow in 2015 – 2016. She is currently volunteering with the Stranded Workers’ Action Network in India.
Please watch the full presentations here:
The American India Foundation (AIF) Fellowship outreach team has organized a series of free events to raise support for #AIFCOVID19Response! Our second webinar of the series will be on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 11am EDT/8:30pm IST. You'll hear AIF Fellowship Alumni Esmeralda Herrara, Sriya Srikrishnan, and Rachel Varghese talk about their exciting work in supporting entrepreneurs in the Bronx and Bihar; how technology is improving contract tracing to slow down the virus; and the realities faced by migrant communities in India.Please join us at Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MKDoBpcuSp6pTpQOuAqu2g DONATE here: www.aif.org**100% of donations will be used to provide assistance to vulnerable families and/or frontline health workers affected by Covid-19, as part of AIF's Covid-19 Humanitarian Response – donations are tax deductible**
Posted by AIF Clinton Fellowship on Saturday, May 16, 2020