The spread of COVID-19 can be measured through community testing. In Firstpost, Prakhar Misra and Vaidehi Tandel discuss the essential role that Resident Welfare Associations can play to implement this in urban areas.
"Effective implementation of community testing requires random sampling of households, personnel, cooperation from residents, and adequate logistical support for conducting tests. While random sampling can be done easily with the help of voter lists and electoral rolls, governments may face hurdles in these other areas. There are simply not enough personnel to conduct tests at scale and often, communities are unwilling to come forward for testing due to stigma. This is where Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) can play a crucial role."
" If there are instances of positive cases, RWAs can help monitor that self-isolation and quarantine is being followed, as they have been doing thus far. They have the de facto authority to make decisions that may not appeal to individuals, but are accepted by the community as a whole. Therefore, empowering RWAs to help with testing can be a crucial step in monitoring the conditions for determining when to lift restrictions on mobility."
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