JSA Rajasthan state meeting

As a prelude to National Health Assembly, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan Rajasthan organised its state preparatory meeting. The meeting was preceded by a two days state consultation on 31st Aug and 1st Sep, which was specifically focused on discussing issues around reproductive health rights within the context of current health policies which are largely inclined towards privatisation of public health facilities and selective health coverage through insurance.
The planning meeting so organised was mainly focused on building and drawing consensus on the key health demands that the Abhiyan should be pushing for with the political parties, as the state heads for elections this year. There was a clear consensus among the Abhiyan members on most of the demands, just to mention a few, to  ensure an increase in state health budget, enforcing stringent norms for private sector regulation, complete withdrawal of any schemes and policies which call for privatisation of public health facilities, ensuring free health care services for all at public health institutions and many others. Based on the demands which emerged, a team was constituted to draft a memorandum of demands on behalf which would eventually be shared with the political parties in the coming days for their endorsements. There was also a lot of discussion around state’s health insurance scheme (Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana) and participants from different parts of the state came up with facts and shared incidents to show how the scheme which is vehemently being promoted by the government as a huge success in actuality is a blunder leading to severe exploitation of patients and violations of health rights. Abhiyan members have taken up the task of documenting and compiling all these incidents so as to bring out the real side of the story. The meeting also had discussions around the National Health Assembly, its agenda and objectives and JSA Rajasthan’s representation therein. Before winding up the meeting Abhiyan members also enthusiastically made contributions in cash and kind (clothes, sanitary napkins etc) to support those affected in recent Kerala floods. The collections so made have been shared with NFIW Rajasthan representatives who have been constantly working in the state to ensure that relief material in all forms reach flood victims in Kerala.

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.

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

Conference on ‘Critical Public‬ Health‬ Consequences of the Double ‬Burden ‬of ‬Malnutrition and the Changing Food Environment in South and South East Asia’

The Public Health Resource Network (PHRN), the Peoples’ Health Movement (PHM-Global), Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA), World Public Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA), Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation (NSF) and  International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) propose to organize a 3-day international conference on ‘Critical Public Health Consequences of the Double Burden of Malnutrition and the Changing Food Environment in South and South East Asia’ at India International Centre, New Delhi on 28-30 March. The conference is designed to raise and debate important issues that underlie the high levels of malnutrition and the technical, social and programmatic aspects of double burden in the world. Broad areas such as Right to Food, Global Trade and Nutrition, Agricultural Crisis,Land Reforms, NCDs & Obesity Public Health/Nutrition interventions, Nutrition Governance and Conflicts of Interest, role of Peoples movements.

Deadline for submission/receiving Application Forms: 15th January, 2018. Please submit this form online or and mail it to: nutriconference18@gmail.com

Click here to access the CALL FOR PARTICIPATION and SUBMISSION OF ABSRACTS/POSTERS

Click here for further information on SUBMISSION OF ABSRACTS/POSTERS

click here to download the application form

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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