What happens when patients are denied health care? How accountable are private hospitals? What is the role of health insurance? Can the community audit health insurance providers? Is right to food part of the right to health? Can India achieve universal health care, similar to countries like Canada, Australia, Thailand or Brazil, where the entire population gets free care by public and private providers paid for and regulated by the state? These are some of the questions we are going to talk about today in our conversation on health for all in India.
Among India’s movements working tirelessly to achieve Health for ALL! is SATHI, or Support for Advocacy and Training in Health Initiatives. SATHI has been a pioneer in the field of health rights advocacy and working to empower communities to hold public health services accountable.
AID has collaborated with SATHI for more than 15 years, from just a single project in Dahanu block to a large scale program in health rights advocacy covering more than 25 blocks in Maharasthra in collaboration with many local grassroots movements in rural and tribal regions of the state. AID also supports a collaboration among SATHI, JSS and CHARM to promote health and health rights in Bihar. You can read more about all of these collaborations on our website, aidindia.org
Today we will hear from three of SATHI’s leading health rights activists, Dr. Abhay Shukla, Dr. Nitin Jadhav and social worker Bhausaheb Aher in conversation with volunteers of AID Health Cell.