[act-ma] Fwd: COVID-19 and Public Health in India

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Fri Apr 17 03:37:36 PDT 2020

Solidarity across Distances
Lectures in the Times of COVID-19

*COVID-19 and Public Health in India*
A lecture by and conversation with
*Dr. Abhay Shukla, M.D.*
Jan Swasthya Abhiyan/People’s Health Movement
Sunday, April 19, 11am EDT <x-apple-data-detectors://1>/8am PDT/8:30PM IST
Join us on Zoom - *https://mit.zoom.us/j/94179138406* 
<https://mit.zoom.us/j/94179138406> - Password: *solidarity*

How is India dealing with the public health crisis created by COVID-19, 
given the enormous variation across states and widespread prevalence of 
malnutrition and poverty? Dr. Shukla will address this and other topics 
in his talk and discussion.

*Dr Abhay Shukla *is a public health physician, who has been working on 
health issues in collaboration with people’s movements and grassroots 
NGOs in Western India since over two decades. He is one of the national 
convenors of *Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s Health Movement – India) 
*and was centrally involved in organization of the* National Right to 
Health Care campaign *during 2003-04*. *Dr Shukla has co-edited and 
authored the books ‘Review of Health Care in India’, ‘Report on Health 
Inequities in Maharashtra’, ‘Health System in India – Crisis and 
Alternatives’ and ‘The Rights Approach to Health and Health Care’.
He’s also the co-author with Dr. Arun Gadre of the popular book 
'Dissenting Diagnosis' published by Penguin.
Dr. Shukla’s recent opinion piece, *"We must give highest priority to 
strengthening the public health system,"* 
<https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/coronavirus-public-health-system-6329470/> appeared 
in the Indian Express.


Please be sure to watch our inaugural speaker P. Sainath’s recent 
interview on NDTV: "Cotton Is Hard To Digest": P Sainath's Grim Warning 
To Government 

PARI has published several new reports on the impact of COVID-19 on 
rural India. PARI’s COVID-19 coverage master page is available here:

About *Solidarity across Distances:* The current pandemic around the 
world has created a public health crisis, gravely exacerbating a 
pre-existing economic crisis. Governments around the world have also 
used this as an opportunity to amass more authoritarian power, 
aggravating a crisis of democracy. While we maintain physical distances, 
resistance to these triple crises cannot wait for the pandemic to end. 
Solidarity across Distances is a lecture series in which we plan to 
bring critical voices of information and analysis. And bring people 
together in solidarity and resistance.

*Write to SolidarityAcrossDistances at gmail.com 
<mailto:SolidarityAcrossDistances at gmail.com> *
*to join our mailing list and find out about our future events. *

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