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
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’.
Jan Swasthya Abhiyan decries the inhuman attitude of the Gujarat government in risking the lives of thousands people in the Narmada Valley, by closing the gates of the Sardar Sarovar dam on 17th June when the rehabilitation of the dam-affected people has not been at all completed. read the complete statement here
A 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
Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (Peoples Health Movement-India) along with many like minded organisations took part in protests, workshops and a convention against the RCEP trade agreement and voiced its support to defend the rights of people. To know more about PHM at the anti RCEP events in Hyderabad, click here
PRESS RELEASE: JSA demands an end to Vigilantism in the name of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
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
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.
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.
In addition to being a violation of human rights, the continued use of pellet guns has meant an incredible amount of pressure on the state’s public health care system and medical professional
“I was returning home after visiting my sister when people told me there was some disturbance on the very road that I had to take… There was a lot of commotion, stones flying around, lots of angry crowds and forces… I was told not to go further. But I had to return. The children were alone at home. I waited for a while. All of a sudden something hit me, I don’t know what. I couldn’t see anything and I cannot describe to you the pain… ”
∼ A 22-year-old woman who was caught in crossfire and hit by pellets, and lost her vision.
Read full article by N.Sarojini.