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A Pandemic-specific 'Emergency Essentials Kit' for Children in the Migrant BoP communities

Chakrapani, A and Kumar, T and Shivakumar, S and Bhaumik, R and Bhalla, K and Prajapati, S (2020) A Pandemic-specific 'Emergency Essentials Kit' for Children in the Migrant BoP communities. In: 2020 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2020, 28 September - 1 October 2020, Piscataway.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1109/ISC251055.2020.9239078


COVID-19 has now been declared a 'Global Pandemic' by WHO. The pandemic has affected more than 200 countries since its first outbreak in December 2019. The spread of COVID-19 resulted in a state of lockdown globally. India too, closed its borders to contain the virus. Those worst affected by the pandemic are migrant workers at the 'Bottom of Pyramid' (BoP) due to unemployment and lack of monetary aid. Family sustenance has been difficult for them, with children impacted physically and psychologically. This paper proposes a ProductService System (PSS) that provides essential emergency kits to infants (6-12 months), children (1-6 years), and their mothers during such emergencies. This PSS scheme strives to fulfil their basic hygiene, nutritional and psychological requirements. Three types of kits are distributed to the migrant families using an online service platform. The entire system operates on a sustainable, single-use plastic-free design. The case study of this humanitarian scheme is specific to India but is also valid for other developing nations. Reaching out to the communities is achieved through a smartphone app and website. The system uses ICT infrastructure to connect various stakeholders and can be admirably adapted to the framework of an inclusive smart city. © 2020 IEEE.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publication: 2020 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2020
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Author(s).
Keywords: Viruses, Developing nations; Entire system; ICT infrastructures; Migrant workers; On-line service; Productservice system (PSS); Single use; System use, Smart city
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2023 04:10
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2023 04:10
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/79069

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