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The session will present the findings and implications of a State wide surveillance for Covid-19 in Karnataka done between mid June – end August 2020 by a team of researchers from Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, USA; Medical School and Law School, University of Chicago, USA; Center for Monitoring Indian Economy, Mumbai, Mapmygenome, Hyderabad and IDFC Institute, Mumbai. The team was supported by the Govt of India, Govt of Karnataka, TSTI and NIMHAS. One highlight of the study was that nearly 3.1 crore individuals in Karnataka (rural and urban) had been infected by end Aug 2020.
The study can be found here.
Apart from the survey methodology and findings, the session will focus on a few key aspects:
- How does this Karnataka serosurvey compare with serosurveys conducted elsewhere in India? Are the objectives and results similar?
- The seroprevalence seems quite high. What does this imply for the stage of the spread of the pandemic in the state?
- What implications does this study have for policymakers?
- What specific steps are advisable or not advisable based on these results?
- How can surveys like these inform local actions against outbreaks?
- What should we be cautious about, while seeing such a high seroprevalence? Can it falsely strengthen the notion of herd immunity prior to a vaccine?
Anu Acharya is a serial entrepreneur, columnist, poet, and a charismatic speaker. As the Founder & CEO of Mapmygenome, she introduced the concept of personal genomics in India with the launch of Genomepatri in 2013. She co-founded and pioneered her first venture Ocimum Biosolutions from 2000 to 2013 through innovative bioinformatics and LIMS solutions, global acquisitions, awards, and fund raises.
Awards and Honours include: Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Zee Business) (Oct 2019), Special Recognition (Leaders Category) by Indian Express (Feb 2019); Pride of Telangana Award (2018); IIT Kharagpur Distinguished Alumnus Award (2017); Jio Economic Times Startup Awards – Women Ahead (2015); Young Leaders Forum of British High Commission (2013); Young Global Leader of World Economic Forum Class of 2011; Biospectrum Entrepreneur of the Year and Astia Life Science Innovators Award for 2008; Red Herring 25 Tech Titans under 35 in 2006; etc.
She serves on governing boards of NIBMG & IIIT Hyderabad; advisory Board at Action for India & KIIT; board of mentors for Ivy Cap Ventures; member of CII National Committee on Biotechnology; Committee Member of HIMSS Asia Pacific India Chapter.
Manoj Mohanan is Associate Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He also holds secondary appointments in the Department of Economics and at Duke Global Health Institute. Manoj’s research has examined questions related to quality of care, provider performance, delivery of services, and governance. His current work includes research on accountability, social networks, and COVID in India. Mohanan is a Sr visiting fellow at the IDFC Institute in Mumbai.
Anup Malani is the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, a Professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Boston. He conducts research in development economics, health economics and law and economics. Malani led a modeling team that developed a forecasting model and method of adaptive control for COVID in India; that model is being used to inform policy in Bihar and in Indonesia. Malani is an investigator on the Mumbai COVID Serological Study and on the Karnataka COVID Serological Study. This work on COVID has won two Emergent Ventures prizes.
He is presently working on vaccine distribution policies for Indonesia and India. Beyond work on COVID, Malani is the principal investigator for the Indian Health Insurance Experiment, an 11,000 household evaluation of India’s first national health insurance program. He has conducted ethnographic research in 21 slums across 7 cities for a book and film on the economics of slums in India. Malani is the co-founder and Faculty Director of the International Innovation Corps, a social service program that sends postgraduates to work on innovative projects with government officials in India and the US. Malani has a J.D. and Ph.D in economics from the University of Chicago.
He was a law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and the founding Faculty Director of the Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago.
Pavan Srinath is a public policy researcher, educator and podcaster. He hosts The Pragati Podcast and the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast, both weekly talkshows on public affairs.
With an academic background in the biological sciences, Pavan has worked for 10 years on policy and governance issues of health, cities, budgets, science and technology. Between 2013 and 2019, Pavan helped build the Takshashila Institution as one of India’s top schools of public policy, and helped design, launch and teach various courses.
Pavan has co-authored two books, several policy briefs and journal articles, and writes often for Indian newspapers.