Edition 9 | May 16, 2022

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 explores the role technology can play in reimagining healthcare, the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of children, the latest debate on WHO pandemic-induced death numbers, the effectiveness of newly designed health cadres, and more. As a Citizens’ Commission, we invite the public to participate, provide input and continue to engage with this new initiative.

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This Month's Highlight
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How might technology empower frontline health workers to provide meaningful primary care?

In its continuing effort to explore the role technology can play in reimagining healthcare, the team at ARTPARK uses visualizations to determine - How might technology empower frontline health workers to provide meaningful primary care?

News from the Commission

Impact of Covid- 19 on mental health of children and adolescents

Covid-19 has brought about disproportionate changes in the lives of children and adolescents, pushing them far away from the ‘normal’ growing curve, write Kritika Amin, Kanishka Sharma, and Parth Sharma.

Views & Opinions 

WHO numbers are debatable, but healthcare needs fixing

Timely reporting of impeccable real-world data will greatly reduce the seductive appeal and addictive dependance on modelled mortality data, writes K Srinath Reddy.


Health Cadres: A booster for India’s health system

The newly created public health and health management cadres can strengthen the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of our health policies and programmes, writes K Srinath Reddy.


Where There is No Psychiatrist: How Vikram Patel Changed the Global Face of Mental Health Care

"What we’re doing is expanding the footprint and reach of the existing mental health care system deep into the community to reduce the large disparities in access to quality care." Read about Vikram's quest for mental health care for all.

Workshops & Events

Understanding the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission: Its Mission, Components, and Challenges 

The webinar is a joint Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System event with the Population Foundation of India (PFI) and ARTPARK (AI & Robotics Technology Park) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). The panel will focus on understanding ABDM, its mission, components, and plans, and the challenges in operationalizing it.

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CII 'Being Future Ready' Business Summit 2022: Healthcare for the Future: Universal Coverage

The Plenary Session on “Healthcare for the Future: Universal Coverage” at the 1st CII ‘Being Future Ready’ Business Summit 2022 was scheduled for 11-12 May 2022. The panelists included Naresh Trehan, CII Healthcare Council· and Chairman & Managing Director, Medanta and Prof Vikram Patel, Pershing Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Mr. Krishnan Ramachandran, Managing, Director & Chief Executive Officer, Niva Bupa Health Insurance. They discussed how disruptive technologies would change the future of healthcare.

Commission Members in Spotlight 

"The key challenge I see is in the implementation of the word “Universal” in letter and spirit. Combining the different structures and designs of health services provisioning, with the underlying economic and policy constraints, without too many conditionalities for the citizens access across India is, in my view, the most challenging part of reaching Universal health coverage in India," says Dr. Leila Varkey, Senior Advisor Reproductive Health, Centre for Catalyzing Change

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"The main challenge in achieving UHC in India is the continued investment and interest of the Government in improvising health system, translation of programs into implementation, continued monitoring and delivery of schemes across villages," says Tila Khan, MVSc, PhD, DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Early Career Fellow, School of Medical Science & Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

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Featured Partner

iSPIRT is a not-for-profit think tank, staffed mostly by volunteers from the tech world, who dedicate their time, energy and expertise towards India’s hard problems. iSPIRT is providing research support to the Technology workstream of the Commission.

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