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
A report by volunteers involved in facilitating access to healthcare for victims of violence between 25 February to 1st March 2020. To read the full report- CLICK HERE
LET US HEAL OUR DILLI is an Eyewitness Report from North East Delhi following the recent communal riots in North East New Delhi. The report was written by Farah Naqvi, Sarojini N, Navsharan Singh, Naveen Chander on their visit to Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh, Gokulpuri, Chaman Park, Shiv Vihar,Main Mustafabad (including Bhagirathi Vihar, Brijpuri) on February 27, 2020.
CLICK HERE for the report
We, the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) and Medico Friend Circle (MFC) are deeply troubled by the violence that is being reported from parts of Delhi. In such a situation, access to health care, including emergency medical treatment to treat injuries and to save human lives is critical. We demand that all State agencies, especially the police ensure that medical personnel are not prevented but protected in fulfilling their duties in providing health care and saving lives. The police must not be allowed to stop patients and ambulances carrying them, doctors and drugs and medical supplies to any health facility. Delays in this regard are absolutely unacceptable, are a violation of the fundamental rights of all people and can have serious consequences.
Read complete statement- CLICK HERE
Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) is deeply concerned with the announcement of the proposed US-India Memorandum of Understanding on Intellectual Property Rights (MoU on IP). Read full statement CLICK HERE
For the Delhi 2020 Assembly elections, held on February 08, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (Delhi) had prepared the People’s Health Manifesto for Delhi. In this manifesto, JSA (Delhi) demands that the Right to Health and Health Care for all people of Delhi should be the overarching principle of health policy discourse in the state.
The Manifesto includes a wide range of proposals related to strengthening people’s right to health and health care, covering various aspects of the health system and diverse sections of the population having special health needs.
for the People’s Health Manifesto for Delhi 2020 Assembly elections.
On February 01, Union Budget 2020-21 was presented in the Parliament. Jan Swasthya Abhiyan notes with utter disappointment that the Budget has failed miserably on all the macro-economic and fiscal fronts as well as in crucial sectors such as employment, health, food and nutrition. For the health sector the Budget has deepened this Government’s agenda of private provisioning of health care, which comes at a huge and disastrous cost of public services for health and peoples’ access to healthcare
CLICK HERE for the Press Release discussing the implications of Union Budget 20-21 for Health.
Comments by Jan Swasthya Abhiyan on the Niti Aayog’s scheme to link new and existing private medical colleges with functional district hospitals and the related ‘Concession Agreement Guiding Principles for Setting up Medical Colleges through PPP’. CLICK HERE for the document.
We, the health networks, health activists, health professionals, Women’s Rights Activists and
concerned activists strongly condemn this abhorrent act by the police force on the students of Jamia
Milia Islamia University, Delhi and Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh on 15 th – 16th
CLICK HERE for full statement.
Also, CLICK HERE for link to statement by health professionals- “CAA PROTESTS, MEDICAL ETHICS AND THE RIGHT TO MEDICAL ASSISTANCE”
The Third World Network (TWN), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Guwahati and Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) are organising a five-day workshop on ACCESS TO MEDICINES, TRIPS AND PATENTS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD.
Date- 20 to 24 April, 2020
Venue- Guwahati, Assam .
This workshop is expected to deepen the understanding of the intricate linkage between access to medicines and the barriers presented by intellectual property legal and policy framework. It will also help in increasing the knowledge on use of flexibilities provided by international trade agreements such as the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), to improve access to medicines at a domestic level. The workshop also aims to equip the participants to make law and policy interventions. To participate in the workshop, it is necessary to send the filled in application form on or before 20 March, 2020.
CLICK HERE to fill the application form
For any further information, contact-
Saral Kumar: 011-40521773