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.
We, the members of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) are extremely concerned about the ongoing state-led and state-sponsored targeted violence and discrimination which is particularly directed against Muslims, while also affecting groups like Christians and Dalits. This violence has been particularly witnessed in Karnataka and BJP ruled states, as well as in some other states like Delhi and Rajasthan. JSA is a national level network working across various states on public health issues, with the belief that people’s right to health is intrinsically linked to their human rights, including the right to live and work without discrimination or fear of violence.
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STATEMENT ON NATIONAL HEALTH ACTION DAY BY JSA
Governments, fulfill obligations to protect peoples health and lives – NOW!
Act urgently to ensure rights to healthcare, containment and vaccination for all!
Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA), India’s national network of civil society organizations and people’s movements working for health rights, demands that Central and State governments must fulfill the following obligations and put in place processes to ensure that these are urgently fulfilled.
Anticipating and preventing the third wave: JSA cautions the government that even if the second wave begins to decline in the coming months fulfilling the above obligations and implementing the above policy changes is urgently required.
From 30 January 2020, when the first case of COVID-19 was reported, till today, March 15, 2020, the number of confirmed cases in India has risen to 107, and there have been two deaths. The government of India has reacted swiftly to this epidemic by curtailing international travel, screening those coming in from abroad and their contacts and either isolating them if they have tested positive or placing them in quarantine if they are asymptomatic. This has no doubt helped delay the epidemic. But as the government knows, the worst is yet to come.
While immediate executive action in the form of isolation of patients and quarantines, and a high pressure campaign for social distance is most welcome, this would not be sufficient if community transmission is established and the pandemic peaks. The country is particularly vulnerable because of a high degree of past neglect of public health services, and the privatization of healthcare.
read background paper on COVID19 by JSA and AIPSN- CLICK HERE
read statement on COVID19 by JSA and AIPSN- CLICK HERE
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for any other information.
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.
“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.
To view the concept note of National health Assembly, click here.
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 .
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:
Claims made about higher allocation for health are often inflated and do not reflect the correct situation. See here a presentation on understanding Health Budgets, based on a recent discussion organised by JSA in Delhi.
Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, in association with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) conducted the Western Regional Public Hearing (covering Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa) in Mumbai on 6-7 January, 2016.