JSA and MFC Statement demanding safeguards to guarantee access to health care

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

People’s Health Manifesto for Delhi 2020 Assembly elections

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.
CLICK HERE for the People’s Health Manifesto for Delhi 2020 Assembly elections.

Implications of the Union Budget 2020-21 for Health – JSA Press Release

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. 

STATEMENT By Health Networks, Health Activists, Health Professionals, Women’s Rights Activists and Concerned Individuals against Indiscriminate Use of Force At Jamia Milia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)

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
December 2019.

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

Comments by Jan Swasthya Abhiyan on the National Digital Health Blueprint Report

The National Digital Health Blueprint may represent an advance over earlier documents in that now much more of the important principles are articulated For example concerns on data privacy and security occur in most chapters. Concerns like cooperative federalism, not a feature of many earlier articulations of national- e-health architectures are much more visible. But an examination of the text/detail raises the concern that there is still considerable work needed to link the broader objectives to design features that will address the bottlenecks known to exist, or to any overall implementation plan. Without such detailing, one would be concerned that the articulation of the principles is nothing more than using the politically correct buzzwords- rather than a serious engagement with the problems of digital health.

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Statement Condoling the Deaths of Children in Muzaffarpur and Condemning Governments’ Failure

Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA)  is deeply saddened at the horrific deaths of over 100 children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) over the past few days at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. We  express heartfelt condolences to the families of the young children who have lost their lives.

JSA demands that the Government initiates immediate measures for the treatment and prevention of AES to prevent further deaths. We also demand that concrete and long term steps be taken to ameliorate and strengthen the public health system instead of pushing the country towards privatisation and insurance-based model of healthcare. 

to read full statement, click here