letter to H’ble Chief Minsiter of UP , urging for an inquiry into Gorakhpur tragedy and on alleged role of Dr.Kafeel Khan

We urge the UP government to reflect upon the criminally negligent systemic underpinnings of the Gorakhpur tragedy rather than vilify a doctor who has been upheld by the people who were present on those fateful days as possibly the only hero attempting to assist the poor families of dying patients in whatever manner he could. Read the complete letter here

Let us not forget the children of Gorakhpur while celebrating 7 decades of Independence

Seventy years of independence, in normal circumstances, should call for celebrations across the nation. Unfortunately these are not normal times. For once we hoped that even this government, hard wired to proclaim its nonexistent ‘achievements’ in strident tones accompanied by incessant jingoist chest thumping, would have considered shedding a few tears for the children of Gorakhpur who did not live to see their country celebrate its 70th year after independence. Alas that was not to be – the children of Gorakhpur, we were informed from the ramparts of the Red Fort, were victims of a ‘natural calamity’.

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JSA convention at Chandigarh on 16th July,2017.

chandigarhA convention was held at Kisan Bhavan, Chandigarh on the 16th of July. objective of the meeting was to discuss the issues of Right to Health, National Health Policy 2017 and interventions by JSA activists. This meeting saw attendance from JSA Punjab,JSA Haryana, JSA Himachal Pradesh, trade unions, farmers unions and civil society groups. Full report of this convention can be read here

PRESS RELEASE: JSA demands an end to Vigilantism in the name of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

The Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) expresses deep shock at the murder of Zafar Hussain, a 55 year old social worker of Pratapgarh in Rajasthan. Zafar Hussain was publicly lynched in a frenzy by Municipal employees linked to the government’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (SBA), led according to Press reports by Nagar Parishad Commissioner Ashok Jain.  Zafar Hussain’s only crime was that he objected to the photographing of women defecating in the open. Those being photographed included the victim’s wife and 14 year old daughter. Reports suggest that a massive cover up of the incident is being attempted and the perpetrators are yet to be apprehended.  

On the “Rise of Private Medicine in South Asia

PHM members Amit Sengupta, Indranil Mukhopadyay, Manuj c Weerasinghe and Arjun Karki recently published an article on the privatisation of healthcare services in South Asia. This article was published on 11th April 2017 by British Medical journal.

It reflects on how stagnant public investment in health in South Asia has seen a growth in private practice and may hamper efforts to enable universal health coverage in the region. Read the complete article here

Junior Doctors in Line of fire in Maharshtra

Since the attack on resident doctor Rohan Mhamunkar in Dhule on March 12, there has been a spate of attacks on frontline doctors working in public hospitals across the state of Maharashtra. The government has treated this purely as a law and order problem. What has not been highlighted sufficiently in the public debate so far, is the correlation between understaffed and inadequately resourced public hospitals, and the growing discontent among patients seeking care in these hospitals.

Read this analysis by Abhay Shukla.

Abnormal Rise in Caesarean Sections

The commercialisation of caesarean deliveries, especially in private hospitals, hit the headlines recently following an online petition. It was further highlighted when Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi asked the Ministry of Health to ensure that hospitals make public the number of caesarean births. Figures for C-section deliveries are alarming, putting a question mark on the possible unethical practices prevalent in private hospitals.

Read full article by Chhaya Pachauli.