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Europe’s BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is supporting their community during the coronavirus pandemic by spreading awareness of the PRINCIPLE trial of Covid-19 treatments.

Exterior of the Hindu temple, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, in Neasden, London © Shutterstock
The Neasden Temple, London

Led by Oxford University researchers, the PRINCIPLE trial is working across all UK communities to evaluate if treatment administered early in the course of the Covid-19 illness can help people aged over 50 recover quickly, without the need for hospital admission.

Sadhu Yogvivekdas, Head of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK & Europe, explained details of the trial to its vast network of worshipers and followers as part of an online sermon, explaining that those with Covid-19 symptoms can join online from home or via GP practices across the country, without the need for face-to-face visits.

While developing grassroots partnerships has been a major focus of the trial’s recruitment strategy so far, recruiting people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities has been a particular challenge.

The full story is available on the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences website

Find out more about the PRINCIPLE trial