The project, called DecovIndia, was housed by King’s India Institute and lead by Dr Louise Tillin. The project was an interdisciplinary collaborative effort that sought to 1) understand how the pandemic affected the domains of economy, public health and social security in India at a decentralised or regional level and 2) trace coping and planning strategies of regional government bodies during the pandemic.
In terms of health care, the project sought to contextualise the daily reports of positive cases, recovery and mortality numbers by sourcing information on the available public healthcare infrastructure and workforce in India. The project looked at the availability of material healthcare facilities like hospitals and ventilators but also human resources like doctors, nurses and even volunteers. One unique aspect of the project was a focus on government notifications, or orders, from regional governments in terms of hospital and quarantine processes, surveillance, use of public spaces and other operating procedures. The aim of this section was to provide context and institutional preparedness for a pandemic at the regional level of governance.