Global Health Histories Seminar 127: Towards Universal Health Care: History of ‘Health for All’ Struggles in India | June 18, 2019


  • University of York, York, UK
  • Forum for Medical Ethics Society, Mumbai
  • World Health Organisation, Geneva
  • Health, Ethics and Law Institute, FMES, Mumbai
  • Wellcome Trust, UK
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
  • Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), IIT, Bombay, Mumbai

Venue: Library Conference Hall, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India
Synopsis:  This event centered on the decadal anniversaries of a number of landmark documents such as 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948 which laid the foundation for seeking the highest attainable standards of health, and the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma Ata of 1978, in which the world pledged “Health for all by 2000 AD”.  The discussion highlighted the number of consultations steered by WHO to review the ‘Health for all’ goal that culminated into yet another document namely, Declaration of Astana which reaffirm the commitments related ‘Health for All’ and how the United Nations,  set a goal of ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages by 2030’ as a crucial component of Sustainable Development Goals. The speakers highlighted how although the world is better off in terms of improved health status of people by many measures than before, much needs to be done on different fronts to respond to the lack of access to healthcare, poor quality of living and working conditions, and deteriorating quality of overall environment which affects more adversely the already deprived.
Speakers: Amar Jesani, IJME, Mumbai, Abhay Shukla, PHM-India, Pune, Ravi Duggal, Independent Researcher and Health Activist, Mumbai, Sulakshana Nandi, PHRN, New Delhi, Ritu Priya Mehrotra, CSMCH, New Delhi


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Part 2