[act-ma] Sat Nov 8: Campaigning for Universal Access to Health Care (UAHC) in India – Some Experiences by Sudha Nagavarapu

Kavita Sukerkar kavita.sukerkar at gmail.com
Fri Oct 31 08:50:44 PDT 2014

Association for India’s Development

MIT & Boston chapters


*Campaigning for Universal Access to Health Care (UAHC) in India **– Some

*A talk by Sudha Nagavarapu*

*Saturday **Nov 8th **3:00pm*

*MIT 4-237*
77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge MA 02139

India has one of the most privatized health systems in the world, with
government spending on health at a little over 1% of GDP. Along with this
fragmentation, lack of standards, corruption and weak regulation have led
to understaffed government hospitals with limited services and a mostly
irrational and expensive private health sector. The result has been huge
out-of-pocket expenses on health care and poor health outcomes in India.

How are health rights activists addressing these issues and campaigning for
better access to health care? This talk will provide a background, present
some current issues of concern and discuss strategies and approaches
adopted by the health movement in India.

Sudha Nagavarapu is an activist based in Bangalore, India. She works on
health rights with communities in Bangalore, other parts of Karnataka and
in Sitapur district, UP. Sudha has co-authored a few studies looking at
urban health systems, the privatization and commercialization of health
services (with a focus on Karnataka), and access to medicines. She is
currently involved in a study on referrals in maternal healthcare in

*Free and Open to all*


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