JSA – Maharashtra press briefings on Western Regional Public Hearing

JSA-Maharashtra organised press conferences / press releases in various parts of the state to announce the NHRC JSA public hearings in the Western Region, to be organised in Mumbai on 6-7 January 2016. In Mumbai JSA organised a press conference, where along with JSA activists, some patients who have suffered serious negligence and denial in private hospitals also spoke. See coverage in Times of India, Indian Express, Economic Times, DNA and PTI.

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 .

National Health Policy 2017: Reactions

The government of India announced the new National Health Policy 2017 after a draft was in circulation for over 18 months. The policy can be downloaded here and the  situation analysis here. There have been several reactions to the new policy that have been contributed to by JSA members and associated friends which have been published in different media outlets.  They are available here:

Scroll.inThe WireNewsclickDNAThe WIREDNAIJMEHindu Business LinePrajavani (Kannada); Mathrubhumi (Malayalam)