Responding to COVID-19 in India

post by Suvita · 2020-04-26T19:07:32.694Z · EA · GW · 2 comments


  Community outreach and mobilisation
  Actionable research

Hi everyone,

This (slightly unusual) post is intended to serve as a quick update on work being carried out by (Give-Well incubated) Charity Science Health and (Charity-Entrepreneurship-incubated) Suvita in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


With the above in mind, we have formed a COVID-19 Response Team to send evidence-based, rapidly iterating SMS messages (and hopefully recorded voice calls) to support at least one of our state government partners in India in their work to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Find more information about our plans on this page. A brief summary:

Community outreach and mobilisation

  1. Reach millions of people (including 70,000 community health workers) in Maharashtra state on behalf of the state government.
  2. Discussions are ongoing with our state government partners in Bihar and elsewhere.

Actionable research

  1. Investigate existing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours; identify key messaging gaps
  2. Partner with a team of health economists led by Harvard Prof. Sebastian Bauhoff; use adaptive testing techniques to optimise the timing, content and frequency of messages
  3. Utilise the research to improve the effectiveness of our regular mass messaging for immunisation - valuable for ensuring universal uptake of a COVID-19 vaccine when available, as well as for strengthening India’s routine immunisation catch-up response

Why are we telling you this? Because you might be able to help us. There’s more information on our website, but broadly you might be able to:

As you’ll have gathered, we are currently at full throttle working on time-pressured activities so please forgive us for the fact that this post has been thrown together at pace - we are aware that it leaves a number of open questions and are happy to speak in more detail to anyone who wants to make key decisions based on the information we share here. Please get in touch at if you think you can help.


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comment by Peter Wildeford (Peter_Hurford) · 2020-04-26T20:15:21.126Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

This is so cool.

comment by Ula · 2020-04-27T06:23:52.463Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I am beyond impressed how fast this was put together. Great work!!!