Jan Swasthya Abhiyan stands in support of Dr. Saibal Jana and Dr. Dipankar Sengupta (Shaheed Hospital); Demands Withdrawal of Suspension Orders by the Chhattisgarh Medical Council


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Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) stands in support of Dr. Saibal Jana and Dr. Dipankar Sengupta of Shaheed Hospital, Dalli Rajhara, Chhattisgarh where, through an order dated October 11, 2022, the Chhattisgarh Medical Council (CGMC) has suspended the registration of Dr. Jana and Dr. Sengupta for three months.

JSA deems this suspension as unfair and illegal. It demands that these suspension orders be revoked with immediate effect. In such times when healthcare is increasingly getting corporatised and profit-driven, it is the committed initiatives such as the Shaheed Hospital which have stood resolutely for the people, providing affordable and rational care to the masses.

Statement in solidarity with PLHIV demanding access to HIV/AIDS medications

The Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+), a network of people living with HIV (PLHIV), has been protesting for over a month outside the office of National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) in Delhi. They are protesting against the ongoing shortage of Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) medicines. The shortage has been raging for more than five months due to alleged discrepancies in the procurement of these medicines by NACO. As per the guidelines set out in the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), NACO is responsible for supplying these medicines to 680 ART centres spread across the country.

Read the entire statement with the list of signatories. 


Dr. Amit Sengupta Fellowship on Health Rights 2022

In memory of Dr. Amit Sengupta, his family has instituted an annual fellowship. The fellowship would be awarded to a young health activist who works in the area on health rights, particularly for the vulnerable sections of the society, demonstrating leadership qualities and commitment to bring scientific temper and awareness about health rights. The Fellowship will be awarded for a duration of one year with a stipend up to INR One Lakh only.

Application process:

Applicants are invited to send –

  • Filled in application form
  • Brief curriculum vitae (CV) and
  • Two references who have professional association with the applicant, but are not related to the applicant.

The application and CV can be in English, Hindi, any other national language.

Email/ letter should contain the subject line: Dr Amit Sengupta Fellowship on Health Rights

The application should be sent to the following email id: asgfellowships@gmail.com

The Deadline for receiving applications is extended to 20th June 2022 (previously 10th June)

डॉ अमित सेनगुप्ता स्वास्थ्य अधिकार फ़ेलोशिप 2022

डॉ अमित सेनगुप्ता की स्मृति में, उनके परिवार ने एक वार्षिक फ़ेलोशिप की स्थापना की है। यह फ़ेलोशिप एक ऐसे युवा स्वास्थ्य कार्यकर्ता को प्रदान की जाएगी जो स्वास्थ्य अधिकारों के क्षेत्र में काम कर रहा/रही  हो, विशेष रूप से समाज के कमज़ोर वर्ग के लिए। एक ऐसा/ऐसी युवा कार्यकर्ता जो वैज्ञानिक सोच और स्वास्थ्य अधिकारों के बारे में जागरूकता लाने के लिए नेतृत्व गुण और प्रतिबद्धता को प्रदर्शित कर पाए। फ़ेलोशिप को केवल एक लाख रूपए तक के स्टाइपेंड के साथ एक वर्ष की अवधि के लिए प्रदान किया जाएगा।

आवेदन प्रक्रिया:

आवेदकों को निम्नलिखित भेजने के लिए आमंत्रित किया जाता है:

  • भरे हुए आवेदन फॉर्म
  • संक्षिप्त बायोडाटा (सीवी) और
  • दो संदर्भ जिनके आवेदक के साथ पेशेवर संबंध हैं, लेकिन उनसे ज़ाती तौर पर संबंधित नहीं हैं। आवेदन और बायोडाटा अंग्रेजी, हिंदी, या किसी भी अन्य राष्ट्रीय भाषा में हो सकता है।

ईमेल / पत्र में विषय पंक्ति होनी चाहिए:

डॉ अमित सेनगुप्ता स्वास्थ्य अधिकार फ़ेलोशिप

आवेदन को निम्नलिखित ईमेल आईडी पर भेजा जाना चाहिए:


आवेदन प्राप्त करने की अंतिम तिथि को 20 जून 2022 तक बढ़ा दिया गया है (पहले 10 जून थी)

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JSA statement condemning growing communal violence

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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Implications of the Union Budget 2022-23 for Health – JSA Press Release

Union Health Budget 2022-23 falls flat, fails to allocate funds for COVID care!
Health budget stagnant despite COVID crisis, National Health Mission neglected!

Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) condemns the inadequacies in Union Health Budget in the strongest possible terms and appeals to the Parliament to reject cuts, and unitedly call for increased allocations for health! Oppose cuts in overall allocations for Health, instead ensure major increase!

for the Press Release discussing the implications of Union Budget 22-23 for Health

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Safeguarding Prison Health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Safeguarding Prison Health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Appeal from health care and public health professionals to Chief Justices of High Courts and High Powered Committees of states and Union Territories

Friday, June 18, 2021

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are approaching you to consider endorsing the below appeal addressed to Chief Justices of High Courts across the country and High-Powered Committees (HPCs) constituted by states and Union Territories (UTs) as per the Supreme Court of India order dated March 23, 2020 (Re: Contagion of COVID 19 Virus in Prison [Suo Motu Writ Petition (Civil) No.1/2020]) towards decongesting prisons.  Because the efforts made so far are inadequate, especially against the backdrop of ravaging second wave of the pandemic, we are demanding immediate attention of High Courts and HPCs to do the needful, amongst other, consider health related and other wide-ranging vulnerabilities as determining factors for consideration of release of prisoners.

Please read the appeal /letter below. For an overview of the issue at hand, you may refer to a brief note. 

Please access Google Form here for your endorsement. 

Kindly send your endorsements by 21.06.21 (Monday) 7 PM.

Thank you.

Forum for Medical Ethics Society (FMES); and

Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA)


In view of this, we urge HPCs across all states and UTs to take urgently the following steps:

  •       Include medical professionals, medical social workers, public health professionals, health department officials and relevant civil society organisations in these Committees to facilitate and monitor the release of prison inmates.
  •       Urgently convene to discuss and modify the categories of prisoners to be considered for release, giving priority to the health status of the prisoners, especially the under-trial prisoners (UTPs).
  •       Use the criteria of age and vulnerability across prisoners and treat everyone equally irrespective of charges/offense; and release those who are thus eligible, subject to their consent.
  •       Ensure that all health facilities, such as, testing, contact tracing and treatment are available, by linking up with local hospitals from public and private sectors, for safeguarding health of the prisoners who are not released, to ensure their access to timely and dignified health care.
  •       Take this opportunity to ensure speedy trials, granting of bail and releasing those who have been granted bail.
  •       Categorise prisoners as one of the priority groups for vaccination and offer vaccination to all prisoners in a safe and non-coercive manner.
  •       Given the hesitation among some prisoners to return to their homes due to fear of hunger and poor living conditions, ensure that the released prisoners and their families have timely access to medical care and relief measures such as food rations, and are not denied entitlements under national and state programmes.;
  •   Utilize this opportunity to prioritize improvement of prison conditions and implement long overdue prison reforms: such as increasing budgets for prison health facilities, improvement of the living conditions in prisons, and appointment of requisite medical and other staff, for protecting life, liberty and dignity of prisoners.

கோவிட் தொற்று இரண்டாவது அலை குறித்து மக்கள் நலவாழ்வு இயக்கத்தின் அறிக்கை – மே 2021

நாடு ஒரு மோசமான சூழலை கடந்து கொண்டிருக்கின்றது. பல நகரங்களில் நோயாளிகள் மருத்துவ மனைகளில் படுக்கை வசதியும், ஆக்சிஜனும் இதர மருத்துவ வசதிகள் கிடைக்காமல் அவதியுறும் நிலை எழுந்துள்ளது. பரிசோதனை அறிக்கை கிடைப்பது தாமதமாகிக் கொண்டிருக்கின்றது அதே நேரம் மயானங்களில் பிணங்களை எரிக்க நெடுநேரம் வரிசையில் நிற்கும் நிலையும் இருக்கின்றது.

இந்த சூழலில் மக்கள் உடல் நலத்திற்காகவும் அதனை அடிப்படை உரிமையாக்க வேண்டும் என்பதற்காகவும் இயங்கும் அகில இந்திய அளவிலான மக்கள் நல்வாழ்வு இயக்கங்கமும், இதர சமூகநல இயக்கங்களும் மத்திய அரசையும் மற்ற மாநில அரசுகளையும் தங்களின் கடமைகளிலிருந்து பிறழாமல் அவற்றினை மக்களுக்குக்கு அளிக்க கீழ்கண்டவாறு வலியுறுத்துகின்றன.

  • மக்களின் உடல் நலனையும் உயிர்களையும் காப்பாற்றும் முழு பொறுப்பினை அரசுகள் ஏற்கவேண்டும் – இப்போதே!
  • அனைவருக்கும் சுகாதார உரிமை கிடைப்பதையும், நோயைக் கட்டுப்படுத்துவதையும் அனைவருக்கும் தடுப்பூசி போடப்படுவதையும் உறுதிசெய்ய உடனடியாக நடவடிக்கை எடு!


Download PDF: MNI_COVID2nd wave_Demandsstatement_release



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.


JSA statement COVID second wave- May-10 _Full English

JSA_COVID Press Statement_May10_Hin

JSA_COVID Press Statement_May10_Eng


JSA Delhi Letter to Union Health Minister on Urgently expediting distribution of oxygen generators, oxygen concentrators, ventilators and other Covid relief materials

Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Delhi (JSA, Delhi) is extremely concerned about the current surge in Covid 19 cases across the Country, particularly in the National Capital Delhi. Delhi is facing a crippling shortage of oxygen particularly with the non-availability of Oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders and the availability of oxygen beds. Families of patients are running from pillar to post for oxygen cylinders and to refill the oxygen for many hours standing in the queue. It is a matter of extreme anguish and despair that in spite of so much life-saving equipment available since the past ten days, yet some of it could not be handed over to hospitals even in the capital city of Delhi, where hundreds of people continue to die each day due to lack of oxygen. In fact, it is a case of criminal mis-governance.

JSA expresses its distress at this situation and appeals to the Union Health Minister to expedite, without any further delay, the distribution of the large number of oxygen generators, oxygen concentrators, ventilators and other Covid relief materials that have been arriving in the country in the past ten days.

JSA reiterates that Health and Healthcare are basic human rights which must be treated as top most political priority by the government, immediately expediting the distribution of oxygen generators, oxygen concentrators, ventilators and other Covid relief materials, so that no time is lost in saving precious lives.

Read the Letter here – JSA Delhi Letter_MoHFW_Oxygen and other Essential Medical Supplies

letter seeking the issuance of Compulsory License for TB Drugs

JSA would like to extend our support to filed before the High Court of Bombay seeking issuance of government use Compulsory Licence for two anti-TB drugs — bedaquiline (Bdq) and delamanid (Dlm). We urge the Indian government to ensure uninterrupted supply of these medicines to every needy TB patient in the country by taking active steps to issue such a license.

read the letter- click here