Logistics and local arrangements of National health Assembly

Travel:

Railway Station– The railway station for Raipur is ” Raipur Junction Station”.  On getting down at the Raipur railway station you all have to come to Sarvadharma Hanuman Mandir which is on left side of exit of Platform no.1. NHA voulunteers holding flexi/placard/printout of JSA/NHA will be waiting there to guide you to pre-paid auto/taxi/cab/ola cab that can be taken to reach the place of accommodation. In case of any querry, the contact persons for contacting are Amulya Nidhi- 9425311547/9826774739 , Gargeya- 9948971353.

Airport- At Raipur airport, NHA volunteers will be waiting near the exit of arrival gate with a placard holding flexi/placard/printout of JSA/NHA. And, the volunteers will guide you to pre-paid cab/ola cab that can be taken to reach the place of accommodation. In any case of any queries, contact Alok- 9930911043

Venue of conference:

The main venue of NHA for participants to arrive is Ravindra Manch, Kalibadi Chowk, Raipur. Some of the parallel sessions ( after 11:30 AM everyday) would be happening at Ashirvaad Bhawan and Pastoral house as well.

Distance from Raipur airport- 15 km aprx.

Distance from Raipur railway station- 3 km aprx.

Accommodation:

The accommodation for JSA participants is spread across 5 different places. Please find here, the state-wise allocation of accommodation. In addition, the organisers would arrange pickup and drop on the 22nd and 23rd for participants staying in Patidar  Bhawan ( as the place is away from Venue of NHA).

Please find the map for both the venue and accommodation :.

Food:

Breakfast/ Morning Tea/ Lunch/ Evening Tea/Dinner will be provided at the NHA venue. Food would be provided to participants from the night of 21st September to 24th afternoon.

Tips for travel-

As it might rain, please do carry your rain coat/umbrella etc.

Kindly carry your Blanket, Bedsheet, Soap, toiletries, Odomos, own basic hygiene kit and medical kit with yourself.

Avoid bringing any valuables/expensive if possible.

During travel do not let your state/team go anywhere without your knowledge.

Keep own photo ID (preferred) or piece of paper with basic information like name address and emergency contacts on it, in your pocket.

Looking forward to meeting you at Raipur.

– NHA Organising Team

Countdown begins to National Health Assembly-3

Dear friends,

We are only 10 days away from the third National Health Assembly scheduled in Raipur on 22nd – 23rd September 2018. Nearly 1000 participants from across the country have confirmed their participation.

Most states have given their participation and few are yet to give their confirmations on the arrival dates etc. Kindly send the participation list, arrival, and departure dates and timings. States are requested to provide details on specific requirements if any on differently-abled persons, senior citizens, women in need of childcare, specific dietary requirements. It will help us in arranging logistics. When preparing to come please get extra bedsheet and personal items like soap.

States who want to get state banners and flex, please note that plastic flex is banned in the state. Kindly get the bio-degradable ones.

We have since received updates from various states for their respective state health assemblies. Various state chapters have also done district level mobilisation and also had their state level assemblies. You can find the state reports under State JSAs section. The mobilisation and the state level assemblies have been very vibrant and can be viewed here. The state assemblies of Karnataka is on 16th September and of Tamil Nadu is on 15th September.

The program that has evolved is very exciting  and it can be viewed here.

Hoping to see you all in Raipur.

Register for the National Health Assembly (September 22-23, 2018)

JSA is planning its Third National Health Assembly (NHA) in Raipur, on September 22-23. The NHA is also part of the mobilisation towards the 4th People’s Health Assembly in Dhaka on 15-19 November. The Assembly aims to address the urgent need to defend public systems and prevent the rampant privatisation of public services, including in healthcare. We expect about 1500 activists from across India to be in Raipur for two days. We are looking at the NHA to build the capacity of activists and plan a challenge to current policies.

Registration:

We welcome participants from state JSA units, JSA Network units, as well as other individuals not formally affiliated to JSA. The registration fee for such individual participants is Rs.500 (JSA state units and affiliated organizations will register through the state JSAs/organizations). Individuals who wish to participate click here.

Note: Individuals need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. The organisers can guide in only finding suitable accommodation. We will circulate and upload on the website contact information about nearby hotels and guest houses where accommodation can be booked at reasonable rates. You can also contact 2018nha@gmail.com for any other information.

Call for proposals for Self-organised activities during National Health Assembly-3

The structure of the National Health Assembly- 3 program will provide a space for self-organized activities. On the afternoon of the 22nd and 23rd September, organizations and networks are offered the opportunity to organize a workshop/session. Partner organizations/networks are invited to express interest and will be able to submit proposals by 30th July. click here for further details about the call.

National Health Assembly to be held at Raipur on 22-23 September, 2018

“The time to make health and healthcare a fundamental right is Now!”

We are glad to announce that the Third National Health Assembly would be organised this year on 22-23 September at Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Around 1000 activists from across the country are expected to join the National Health Assembly with an objective to evaluate and critically analyze current processes and policies that impact health and healthcare at National/Regional/Local levels. And undertake a collective assessment of JSA’s organizational and programmatic activities and to provide a renewed mandate for the years to come.

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The National Health Assembly will have Plenary/Sub-Plenary sessions, workshops, spaces for informal discussions and cultural events. The discussions at the Assembly would be broadly placed under the following thematic areas of discussion:
 
– In Defense of Health Systems
– Privatisation of Healthcare ( PPPs/Insurance schemes/regulation of private sector)
– Gender and Health
– Access to Medicines
– Social Exclusion and Social Determinants of health

To view the concept note of National health Assembly, click here.

JSA Statement on the High-Level Group on Health constituted by the Finance Commission

Jan Swasthya Abhiyan lodges a strong protest against the constitution of ‘High-Level Group on Health’ and urges the government to revoke this committee. Health is an important public policy matter and any committee constituted to frame policies or provide recommendations related to it should be representative of all interests and sections in the society. The finance commission is a constitutional body vested with specific powers related to financial devolution. It has no role in planning for health and should not be given any responsibility that would be an overreach of its powers. To read the full statement,  click here .

Call for nominations: IJME Ethics Award 2018

The first Bioethics Award will be conferred on December 5, 2018 at the 7th National Bioethics Conference, jointly organised with the International Association of Bioethics’ 14th World Congress of Bioethics, from December 5 to 7, 2018, at St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, This award is supported by the Elsevier Foundation. click here to know more about the award and apply for it.

Chhattisgarh State Convention on Right to Health

A state convention on ‘Right to Health’ was held in Gass Memorial Raipur on 23rd March 2018. The program was organised under the umbrella of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) and saw participation from organisations working on health, Adivasi and Dalit sangathans, research organisations, legal-aid organisations, trade unions, patients’ rights groups and other community based organisations. Nearly 200 health activists, health workers, and Adivasi and Dalit community leaders from all over the state attended and shared their experiences on the problems being faced in using RSBY and MSBY health insurance and discussed concerns over state government’s plans for privatisation of hospitals and health services. The press note of this meeting is available here in English and Hindi.

 

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Open letter on Nurses Strike at KVM Hospital, kerala.

We, the undersigned organisations and individuals, are writing this letter to the Chief Minister of Kerala about the six months long industrial dispute at the K Velayudhan Memorial (KVM) Hospital, in Alappuzha, Kerala. We are appalled at KVM managements refusal to come to the negotiation table, despite repeated attempts by your Government and the United Nurses Association (UNA). To read the full letter, click here