“Strengthening the Resilience of India’s Plural Health System: Lessons from the COVID19 Crisis”
Dr. Saradindu Bhaduri Associate Professor Centre for Studies in Science Policy Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)– New Delhi
Dr. V.Sujatha Professor Centre for the Study of Social Systems Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)– New Delhi
Dr. Sundar Sarukkai Founder Barefoot Philosophers Bengaluru.
Dr. Harilal Madhavan Development Economist Indian Institute of Science and Education Research, Thiruvananthapuram
Dr. Unnikrishnan P.M. Visiting Professor The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU) – Bengaluru
In the first webinar of this series, we unpacked the concept of resilience and its origins in different disciplines and the role of pluralistic healthcare approaches in times of pandemic like COVID-19. In the second webinar, we will continue the theme, exploring the concept and role of frugal innovations and their relevance in strengthening the resilience of India’s plural health system. We will also have an exposition of the response of Siddha to the COVID pandemic, to add to our understanding of the resilience shown by various health knowledge systems
The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU) – Bengaluru in collaboration with Institute of Public Health (IPH) – Bengaluru and Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharalal Neharu University (JNU) – New-Delhi
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up challenges on multiple fronts and health systems are not exceptional. In fact, even the developed countries with better health systems struggled or struggling to cope with the burden and impact of the corona pandemic. With COVID-19, the beliefs and systems that we follow are bound to change. We should not only focus on returning to normalcy, rather, the time is more relevant now than ever to revamp and rejuvenate the Indian plural health system and seek long term sustainable solutions. In this webinar we would like to highlight the key lessons from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the way forward to build resilience of India’s plural health system.
Dr. Upendra Bhojani was invited to be a member of a Technical Advisory Panel for the South Asian Regional Consortium Centre for Combating Tobacco (SARC-CCT), Colombo. Other members of the Technical Advisory Panel include Dr. Rana J Singh, Prof. Stella Bialous, Dr. Tara Singh Bam and Dr. Mary Assunta.
The SARC-CCT Technical Advisory Panel represents the regional and international experts who work in the tobacco control field, who are able to help advise and offer guidance to the SARC-CCT. This consortium has representatives from the South Asian states, including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, India & Sri Lanka. The consortium was first set up and inaugurated in July 2019 as a tobacco observatory, the main purpose of which is to monitor tobacco industry activities and implementation of FCTC Article 5.3 in the region of South Asia. The first meeting of the consortium was held on 30th July 2020 and is scheduled to occur once in three months.
A “learning together” workshop-cum-webinar to collectively understand the differential effects of COVID-19 on individuals and communities. Members from underrepresented and marginalized communities will share their community’s experience of living through the pandemic and the lockdown’s impact on livelihood.
It will kindle discussions among the participants on the following key questions:
What can we learn about the pandemic’s experience in particular individuals/communities/contexts?
What brought about such a vulnerability in the first place?
How could we mitigate the effects of such vulnerability in similar contexts?
Dr. Gita Sen Founder & Member of the Executive Committee of Development Alternatives with Women. Currently serves on the Scientific & Technical Advisory Group of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research. Co-chair of PAHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Gender Equality and Health. Gender & Health Scholar with Multiple academic affiliations to Indian and Global academic centers of excellence.
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In a project commissioned by the State Anti-Tobacco Cell (Dept Health and Family Welfare Services, GOK), Riddhi and Upendra, researchers at the DEEP project at IPH, with the help of intern Neema Joseph, historically mapped and analyzed various tobacco-related litigations in Karnataka high court in order to identify the stakeholders as well as common laws/arguments used by these stakeholders in shaping tobacco regulations in Karnataka. The project sought to answer two main questions:
1. What have been the legislations and major arguments used by petitioners in litigations challenging tobacco control regulations in Karnataka?
2. Who have been the stakeholders engaged directly in litigations related to tobacco in Karnataka?
Upon completion of the study, we presented this work to members of the Tobacco Control Alliance in a meeting organized by the department on 26th July 2020 and later submitted a report of the study physically to the Deputy Director, Dr. Selvaraj who also leads the tobacco control initiative. We discussed a possible follow-up to the study, centred around convening of lawyers and select petitioners, and studying a few key litigations in Karnataka. We believe such insights can help the state government pre-empt legal challenges as well as develop an effective stakeholder-specific response to legal challenges. The team hopes to write and publish a paper based on this work.