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Utilising a PPP model for establishing COVID Testing Labs in Rural Maharashtra

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

In light of the emergence and spread of the COVID-19 in India, Swapnil Arun Gawande, Trustee & Secretary of Deesha Education Foundation has been working with the government in fighting with COVID-19 by establishing testing labs in various districts, step-by-step, starting from Ahmednagar, Dhule, Nandurbar, Yavatmal, Washim, Buldhana, Amravati and Navi Mumbai of Maharashtra State.

The Central and State Governments are trying their best to stop the spread of this deadly virus by increasing the number of tests performed every day. But considering the huge population of the country, relying solely on the public sector won't suffice. Swapnil believes that collaboration with masses will help the government overcome several challenges in analyzing the situation and in the long run even faster eradication of COVID-19.

Swapnil after his thorough research developed and advocated a unique version Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Model for establishing COVID Testing Labs and enabling free testing to people at large. This model will ensure the timely establishment of labs in the areas where no testing facility is yet available. Such models have been utilised before in western countries as well, but this will be the first implementation for India and especially Maharashtra for COVID testing.

The Optimist Citizen, a few days ago, had a detailed interview with Swapnil regarding the same topic.

What do you think about this new model? Do you think you can help us take this initiative forward?

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