Edition 5 | January 18, 2022
Dear Friends,

Wish you a very happy new year!

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 development model that India was pursuing in pre-pandemic times, the result of accelerated digital transformation in implementing new technologies in the healthcare industry, the effects of lack of public data on the pandemic, and more. The Commission continues to strengthen its engagements by working at the cutting edge of policy research and practice and bringing you crucial analysis on India's healthcare challenges. As a Citizens’ Commission, we invite the public to participate, provide input and continue to engage with this new initiative.
This Month's Highlight
Our team at ARTPARK (AI & Robotics Technology Park) at IISc, Bengaluru, has curated a comic to create a vision of what UHC should look and feel like for citizens and health workers.
News from the Commission
पिछले सात दशकों में डब्ल्यूएचओ ने स्वस्थ दुनिया के निर्माण के लिए तमाम राष्ट्रों की नीति-निर्माण को सकारात्मक रूप से प्रभावित किया है, पर ‘सबके लिए स्वास्थ्य’ अब भी दूर का सपना जान पड़ता है। भारत की बात करें, तो यहां ‘मेडिकल केयर’ सेवाओं के भरोसे स्वास्थ्य तंत्र है। इनमें डॉक्टर, क्लीनिक, जांच-पड़ताल व अस्पताल शामिल हैं। यह स्वस्थस्य स्वास्थ्य रक्षणं के ध्येय वाक्य के पूरी तरह से विपरीत है। महज दवाओं, इलाज, अस्पतालों व बीमा कवरेज से सार्वभौमिक स्वास्थ्य कवरेज की गारंटी नहीं मिल सकती, डॉ भूषण पटवर्धन लिखते हैं।.
While the effects of the recent pandemic have indeed set India’s economy back several years, it is not clear if, prior to it, the development model that we were pursuing was the one best suited to ensuring that we realise our full potential as a country and as a people, write Nachiket Mor and Sandhya Venkateswaran.
Views & Opinions 

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digitisation of several sectors, from e-payments to e-commerce, and e-learning to e-government. The accelerated digital transformation will see greater implementation of new technologies in the healthcare industry next, writes Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.

The lack of public data on the pandemic will hit the integration of a fast shifting scientific frontier with clinical practice, write Gagandeep Kang and Gautam I. Menon.

Despite the progress, healthcare delivery in India remains largely focused on periodic treatment, with inadequate attention to preventive and primary care, write Sandhya Venkateswaran, Shruti Slaria and Nachiket Mor.
Workshops & Events
The webinar will focus on the impact of the third wave of COVID-19 in India and the short and long-term actions and management needed to address it. The panelists will discuss the actual estimated mortality rates due to COVID in India, the successes and failures in the handling of the pandemic, and the role that technology and genomic surveillance can play in reducing its impact. The panel discussion is scheduled for Friday, January 28 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm IST/ 7:30 am – 9:00 am ET.
The webinar was a joint Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System event with Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and Dr D Y Patil Vidyapeeth (DPU). The webinar focused on the potential of and approach to Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homeopathy (AYUSH) systems for public health in India. The panelists discussed the role of, and challenges related to utilising, the AYUSH systems to attain universal health coverage in India. 
Commission Members in Spotlight 
"The national exchequer’s miniscule budget allocations for public health have been a source of great inequity in access to healthcare in the country. Healthcare should be recognized as a fundamental right of all citizens – this is a great lacuna in our constitution. The misalignments of stakeholders is perhaps the next in the major challenges. At our population scale and health infrastructure, we have to give a major focus to preventive care and early detection," says Vijay Chandru, Professor, Interdisciplinary Research, Indian Institute of Science
"There are many interlinked challenges and several mental model shifts required to achieve UHC in India such as - Without a shared understanding of the goal – what ‘universal health care’ means and what success should look like – how do we ‘get there’? Do we even have the ability to question the validity of some fundamental constructs of the current system? I hope we will catalyze a movement where we assess every system and idea from the angle of citizen-centricity," says Raghu Dharmaraju, President at ARTPARK

Featured Partner
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is a publicdeemedresearch university for higher education and research in science, engineering, design, and management. It is located in Bengaluru, in the Indian state of Karnataka. IISc is providing research support to the Technology workstream of the Commission.
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