yash-year-of-awareness-on-science-health

Context: The National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science & Technology (DST) has released an information brochure for a recently launched programme on health and risk communication ‘Year of Awareness on Science & Health (YASH) with focus on COVID-19’.

About the brochure and programme:

  • The brochure carries information on the genesis and need of such a mega programme in the country to address the issues of risks, crises, disasters, and uncertainties especially posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The programme focuses on enhancing public understanding and awareness on science and health for better preparedness to cope up with the present and future challenges.
  • The programme, with a focus on COVID-19, is an endeavour to disseminate information about best practices which will be vital to curbing the transmission of the virus and its management.
  • It highlights a comprehensive and effective science and health communication effort for 
    • promoting grass-root level appreciation and response on health and saving and shaping the lives of people at large, 
    • as well as building confidence, inculcating scientific temper and promoting health consciousness among them.
  • The activities are spread over six regions, East, West, North, South, Central and Northeast.
  • Special communication modules are developed depending upon especially marked zones, and networking and training of communicators and volunteers for activities related to community health would be an advantage. 

Significance:

  • The program highlights the importance of scientific awareness and health preparedness in the  current scenario of the pandemic caused by COVID-19. 
  • This will help to combat the situation with translation and usage of authentic scientific information and to convey the risks involved and facilitate the communities to overcome the situation.

Source:

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1630192

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