Seminar: Evidence-based Primary Health Care Systems for Attaining and Sustaining Universal Health Coverage
About the seminar
Comprehensive and holistic primary health care (PHC) system is an ally in the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC) and sustainable development goals (SDGs).
PHC is a broad concept within the realms of public health which has immense potential to alleviate not only the financial distress on individuals but also for governments in pursuit of efficient strategies for better health care and outcomes. It addresses the most significant determinants of health, focusing on person-centric rather than disease-centric approaches. India was one of the first countries to endorse comprehensive PHC in the first national health policy of 1983. The subsequent policies of 2002, 2017 shifted their focus from selective PHC, to the present health policy – Ayushman Bharat 2018 which enshrines the concept of ‘comprehensive approach for the well-being of communities’.
There is an increasing need for policymakers and implementing agencies to understand what works; and for academia to create robust evidence in alignment with the policymakers’ needs.
Evidence-based primary healthcare policies ensure resiliency, which is vital to improving quality of life, efficient use of resources, and equitably meeting population health needs, especially for those living in remote locations.
This policy event hosted by The George Institute for Global Health, India which also hosts the Secretariat of the Primary Health Care Research Consortium (PHCRC) will see discussion on the need for using local and contextual evidence for strengthening primary health care to attain and sustain universal health coverage in India. Importantly, it will highlight the importance of political stewardship in creating equitable, resilient, and comprehensive PHC systems.
Prof Robert Mash
Chair, Primary Care and Family Medicine Network (Primafamed), Sub-Saharan Africa
Dr Rajeev Sadanandan
CEO, Health Systems Transformation Platform
Dr Neha Dumka
Senior Consultant, NHSRC
Prof Sanjiv Kumar
Chairman and Managing Trustee, Three Domain Health Leadership Foundation
Dr Shilpa Karvande
Research officer, FRCH
Dr Krishna Reddy Nallamalla
Regional Director, ACCESS Health Int
Prof Indranil Mukhopadhyay
Professor, OP Jindal Global University
Prof Arnab Mukherji
Faculty, Indian Institute of Management, Bangaluru
Dr Josyula K Lakshmi
Senior Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health, India
Moderator: Dr Praveen D
Program Director, Better Care India The George Institute for Global Health, India