Edition 3 | November 15, 2021
Dear Friends,

We are delighted to present to you the next edition of the monthly newsletter by the Lancet Citizens' Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System. This edition includes the latest analysis on the criticality of the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (ABHIM) in strengthening India's healthcare system, the effectiveness of booster shots, re-imagining India’s health care system to be person-centred and compassionate, and more. The Commission continues to deepen its work and direct recommendations towards the objective of achieving Universal Health Coverage in India. As a Citizens’ Commission, we invite the public to participate, provide input and continue to engage with this new initiative.
This Month's Highlight
In this webinar, the 'Healthcare Seeking in four Indian states’ study team will discuss the emerging findings from their analysis of existing datasets, a household survey amongst 2084 households across 4 districts in UP and Odisha (conducted in Nov 2020-Jan 2021), a qualitative inquiry: in-depth interviews with 64 persons in UP and Maharashtra; and a discreet choice experiment: In UP and Odisha. The panel discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, November 23 at 11:00 am-12:30 pm IST/4:30 to 6:30 pm AEDT.
Work of the Commission
In this episode, Sharad Sharma discusses with Vijay Chandru the moonshot in healthcare that is going to get us to Universal health Care by 2030.
In this episode,Yamini Aiyar discusses with Mekhala Krishnamurthy the root causes of governance failure and pathways for building a robust and accountable governance framework. 
Views & Opinions 

Vaccine inequity across countries is a matter of global concern. If the practice of administering a third dose to all individuals older than 12 years becomes established in vaccine-rich countries, it can aggravate supply shortages for other countries, writes K Srinath Reddy.

When we have cases and test positivity rates vary widely across states, do reported numbers and rates mean the same in every state? What do the numbers mean today, and what do they mean for the future for our ability to have a clear view of the pandemic? answers Gagandeep Kang.

Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (ABHIM) can strengthen India's healthcare system. It can enable data-driven decentralized decision making and people partnered primary care at block level while strengthening national connectivity, writes K Srinath Reddy.
Workshops & Events
The webinar was a joint Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System event with the Centre for Health Equity, Law and Policy on the interlinkages between right to health and universal health coverage. The panel discussed the right to health as a foundational framework for design and implementation of universal health coverage, with particular emphasis on marginalized contexts, and social determinants of health.
In this webinar, Dr Vikram Patel built both on decades of work in primary care and on the personal experience of accompanying his mother through her long battle with multiple chronic conditions. Dr Patel proposed how India’s health care system needs to be re-imagined to be person-centred and compassionate.
Commission Members in Spotlight 
"The lack of underinvestment capacity in healthcare for decades has meant that while we do have islands of exceptional success, but we also have large swathes of the public health system that have poor ability to screen, diagnose, and identify a treatment. Address this is partly about increasing investments in UHC and equally about the right mix of policies to guide the sector and institutions to govern the entire industry in delivering a standard set of health outcomes across the country.", says Arnab Mukherji, Professor of Public Policy, Center for Public Policy, IIM Bangalore
"A significant barrier to achieving UHC in India is the start of interstate and inter-regional disparities in health and development indicators.Therefore, reaching the last mile requires moving away from a one size fits all approach to a targeted, context-specific approach bearing in mind the distinct health needs of different population groups.", says Sanghmitra Singh, Health Scientist and Senior Manager, Knowledge Management and Partnerships at Population Foundation of India

Featured Partner
Population Foundation of India (PFI) is a national non-profit organisation, which promotes and advocates for the effective formulation and implementation of gender sensitive population, health and development strategies and policies. PFI is providing research support to the Citizens' Engagement workstream of the Commission.
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