India now ranks 3rd in the world with the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases. New Population Council research published in The Lancet Global Health presents a vulnerability index for the management of and response to the COVID-19 epidemic in India, with analyses to the district level. The much-needed index is assisting government efforts to prioritize resource allocation and risk mitigation for those most vulnerable.
Developed by Council researchers Rajib Acharya and Akash Porwal, “vulnerability” in the study was defined as the risk of consequences of infection, including spread, morbidity, mortality, and social and economic effects of the pandemic. The study assessed the vulnerabilities of Indian states to the pandemic using 15 indicators across five domains -- socioeconomic, demographic, housing and hygiene, epidemiological, and health system.
Read the article in The Lancet Global Health.