Gender Inequities in publicly funded health insurance schemes by Rajalakshmi RamPrakash

Gender Inequities in publicly funded health insurance schemes by Rajalakshmi RamPrakash

The Health Equity Network India (HENI) secretariat at IPH Bengaluru is pleased to announce the thirteenth webinar in the Equilogues series in May 2019.

Theme: Gender Inequities in Publicly Funded Health Insurance Schemes

Summary of the talk: In this webinar, the speaker unravels gender inequities in social protection mechanisms for health and challenges the gender neutrality stance of publicly funded health insurance schemes (PFHIS).  She discusses the several gender-based barriers in the pathway to access healthcare under the PFHIS drawing from her recently completed a doctoral study on Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme. Concepts such as ‘household’, ‘access’ and ‘coping’ are revisited using a gender lens. 

About the speaker: Rajalakshmi RamPrakash is a researcher and a social activist on gender and health-based out of Chennai. She has a Masters in Social Work and a Doctorate in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She has been involved in several research studies on themes intersecting gender with sexual and reproductive health, law, ethics, health insurance and health systems. She is a member of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Gender & Evaluation Community and is currently with Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai. 

Speaker

Rajalakshmi RamPrakash

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Affiliation

Date

7-May-2019

Time

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

Applying a new ethical toolkit for community engagement in health research priority-setting

Applying a new ethical toolkit for community engagement in health research priority-setting

Theme:

Engaging communities in health research priority-setting is a key means of setting research topics and questions of relevance and benefit to them. But communities, especially those considered disadvantaged and marginalised, rarely have a say in the agendas and priorities of the very health research projects that aim to help them.

How can researchers and communities share power and ownership when setting priorities for health research projects? An “ethical toolkit” is being developed to help researchers and their partners design inclusive priority-setting processes for health research projects. The toolkit places community engagement and power-sharing at the heart of health research priority-setting. It is a reflective project planning aid for use before priority-setting is undertaken for a health research project. It consists of 3 worksheets and a companion document.

In today’s workshop, the ethical toolkit will be introduced to workshop participants and they will be able to give comments and feedback. Then workshop participants will have the opportunity to apply the toolkit to their current/upcoming health research projects in small groups. (The toolkit is currently not publicly available but will be provided to participants at
the workshop.)

About the speaker

Dr Bridget Pratt is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Equity at the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Her work focuses on the ethics of global health research and health systems research, with a focus on social and global justice. She develops ethical guidance
for global health research in relation to multiple areas: priority-setting, governance, capacity development, community engagement, provision of ancillary care, research translation, benefit-sharing, and data sharing.

The event is organised by the health equity cluster at IPH Bengluru and is supported by the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance fellowship to Dr. Prashanth N S

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Speaker

Dr Bridget Pratt

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Affiliation

School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

Date

19-April-2019

Time

10:00 am – 3.00 pm

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

3009, II-A Main, 17th Cross, KR Rd, Siddanna Layout,
Banashankari Stage II, Banashankari,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070

Experience of Health Inequities among tribal communities in Karnataka

Experience of Health Inequities among tribal communities in Karnataka

Dr. Nityasri S N will be presenting  a seminar on the topic ‘Experience of health inequities among forest- dwelling tribal communities in Karnataka’.
The tribal communities in India are categorised as Scheduled Tribes. Forest-dwelling tribal communities in most parts of India prefer to be known as Adivasis. There have been descriptive studies about the nature and extent of health inequities among Adivasi communities, but there is a lack of understanding of the pathways and processes which lead to the inequities. Dr. Nityasri proposes tto study (as part of her PhD), the experiences of inequities among Adivasis. Using case studies, she proposes to develop a framework mapping the pathways of inequities among Adivasis in Karnataka. 

Speaker

Dr Nityasri

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Affiliation

IPH Staff

Date

30-January-2019

Time

11:00 AM – 12.00 PM

Venue

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

3009, II-A Main, 17th Cross, KR Rd, Siddanna Layout,
Banashankari Stage II, Banashankari,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070

Enhancing the role of community health workers in service utilisation of tribal populations

Enhancing the role of community health workers in service utilisation of tribal populations

While great gains have been made in both understanding and eradicating disease burdens for indigenous populations, health systems studies, and studies assessing service utilization and delivery are limited. Further, Community Health Workers, or ASHAs, have helped in improving maternal and child health outcomes as well as reducing the toll of infectious diseases – the very service areas where tribal populations face great barriers. Given the recent focus on universal health coverage reform, and the recommendations of expert groups, there is a need to more deeply enhance and improve the contribution of CHW programmes in service of tribal health needs. In this study, we draw attention to tribal minority populations in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve region, spanning the southern Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala. Notwithstanding that both states have relatively strong health systems, by virtue of being a small and relatively isolated, tribal populations have limited access to programmes and services– they are being left behind. The methods used in this study include key informant and in depth interviews, focus group discussions in close coordination with local implementer groups and government agencies.

Speaker

Dr. Tanya Seshadri

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Affiliation

IPH Adjunct Faculty

Date

17-January-2019

Time

4:00 pm – 5.00 pm

Eleventh webinar in the Equilogues series

Eleventh webinar in the Equilogues series

The Health Equity Cluster at IPH Bengaluru is now the secretariat for the newly launched Health Equity Network India (HENI) and is pleased to announce the eleventh webinar in the Equilogues series in January 2019. Do block your calendar for this date and come join us in an engaging conversation on health inequities in India.

Theme: Social exclusion and health of Muslim communities in Maharashtra

About the Speaker:

Dr. Sana Contractor is a public health researcher working with the Centre for Health and Social Justice in New Delhi, India. She has a masters degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has worked in the field for the past 10 years. Her interest lies in exploring the inter-linkages between various social inequities and health. This talk is based on work that she did with CEHAT in Mumbai.

Speaker

Dr. Sana Contractor

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Affiliation

Centre for Health and Social Justice in New Delhi, India

Date

03-Jan-2019

Time

11.00 Am – 12.00 pm

Sharing power with communities in health research priority-setting

Sharing power with communities in health research priority-setting

As a matter of health and social justice, health research should improve the health and well-being of those considered disadvantaged and marginalised and foster their engagement in all phases of its conduct. Such communities’ engagement in priority-setting is a key means for setting research topics and questions of relevance and benefit to them. However, without attention to dynamics of power and diversity, their engagement can lead to presence without voice and voice without influence. What is needed to give marginalised communities a voice in agenda-setting for health research projects? In this talk, Bridget will present the findings of conceptual and empirical research that address this question. Key ethical considerations for sharing power with community members that should be taken into account before, during and after priority-setting will be identified and discussed.

Speaker

Bridget Pratt

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Affiliation

Ethics researcher, University of Melbourne

Date

04-December-2018

Time

11:00 am – 12.00 pm