Santal volunteers’ Corona awareness programme: Following guidelines recommended by the WHO – West Bengal

Volunteers prepare Santal communities in Bishnubati and Ghosaldanga for the Corona pandemic in accordance with guidelines recommended by the WHO – report and photos courtesy Dr. Boro Baski
Village youth are distributing soap to the families and sanitizing the village roads and tube well areas with bleaching powder.
Our organization is working to curb the threat of Corona among the villagers by explaining the importance of social distancing and sanitization.
The villagers are getting conscious about the danger of the virus and all are supporting the awareness drive.

World Health Organization (WHO): Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public >>

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This is an attempt to connect the community in these difficult times of so-called “social distancing” through a Santali song in traditional tune. We believe that celebrating our collective memory of love, pain, despair and struggles in life will act as a remedy in any crisis situation, even in the present one. Let’s march on this journey with solidarity and brotherhood. Johar! | Learn more >>

Dr. Boro Baski works for the community-based organisation Ghosaldanga Adibasi Seva Sangha in West Bengal. The NGO is supported by the German NGO Freundeskreis Ghosaldanga und Bishnubati. He was the first person from his village to go to college as well as the first to earn a PhD (in social work) at Viswa-Bharati. This university was founded by Rabindranath Tagore to foster integrated rural development with respect for cultural diversity. The cooperation he inspired helps local communities to improve agriculture, economical and environmental conditions locally, besides facilitating education and health care based on modern science.

He authored Santali translations of two major works by Rabindranath Tagore, the essay “Vidyasagar-Charit” and the drama Raktakarabi (English “Red Oleanders”), jointly published by the Asiatic Society & Sahitya Akademi (India’s National Academy of Letters) in 2020.

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Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust
Registration under Trust Registration Act 1982
P.O. Sattore, Dist. Birbhum
West Bengal-731 236

For inquiries on Santal cultural and educational programs, please contact:
Mob. 094323 57160 or

India’s healthcare spending, including both private and public, has been around 3.6% of GDP for the past six years, the lowest percentage in the five Brics countries: Brazil spent the most at 9.2%, followed by South Africa at 8.1%, Russia at 5.3% and China at 5% in 2018. Developed nations spend a far higher proportion of their GDP on health. In 2018, for instance, spending in the US was 16.9% and Germany 11.2%. Even smaller nations like Sri Lanka (3.76%) and Thailand (3.79%) spend more than India. And India has fewer than 10 doctors per 10,000 people, and in some states the figure is less than five. 

Source: Vikas Pandey in “Coronavirus: How India descended into Covid-19 chaos” (BBC News. 5 May 2021)
Date Visited: 4 June 2021

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