COVID-19 has engendered great uncertainty about ill-health/mortality/capacity of healthcare systems, consequent patterns of hunger/destitution, deep economic insecurity, and emerging/heightened vulnerabilities. Response efforts in India are hampered by uncertainties about such patterns, and information gaps. Because resources and capacities are limited, it is essential to know which issues, population groups, and geographic areas should be the focus of responses. No information base to guide sharp targeting is currently available. The India – Covid Assessment and Response Dashboard (I-CARD) provides information about micro-regions, over time, regarding critical issues faced by vulnerable groups, and focuses on health/mortality, hunger/destitution and deep economic insecurity. It enables analysis of which areas are relatively worse off regarding COVID response in a micro-region (cluster of blocks or district); which issues require the most urgent attention in a micro-region; and how the is situation changing over time. This evidence makes credible, consistent, comparable information about the on-ground situation available to local organisations, to support tailored, effective COVID-19 response and action.
I-CARD is an initiative of the Azim Premji University in India to which the University of Leeds contributes under the leadership of Professor Caroline Dyer. The University of Leeds contribution is funded by the Leeds Social Science Institute’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account / Rapid Action 2020 (award no. 118631).