13|March|Fri|Critique on National Health Policy (NHP) 2015 by Karnataka Janaarogya Chaluvali (KJC)

Join us at ALF for a Critique on National Health Policy (NHP) 2015 by Karnataka Janaarogya Chaluvali (KJC).

Friday the 13th of March at 6.30pm


Obalesh K.B, Vijaya Kumar.S and Dr. Akhila Vasan from KJC will present on the problems with the Policy followed by an open discussion.

KJC reviewed the draft National Health Policy 2015 found it to be an exercise in public posturing. Driven by market logic, the NHP ignores available evidence and uses flawed, cursory and selective analyses of the health care sector to make its recommendations. Therefore it is not accidental that even though it makes long and winding declarations about the importance of strengthening the public health system there is no clear framework or roadmap for actions; it does not set any timelines to achieve key health outcomes and there is no commitment to allocating resources for strengthening the public health system.

On the other hand the only sections in the policy document which has clarity is the one about engagements with the private sector where there is no commitment for regulating and increasing accountability of the private sector, where it advocates for ‘engagement’ and involvement with private sector on scale designed to facilitate corporate/ private heist of public resources, which can only mean further weakening and destruction of the public health system. The NHP 2015 is a dangerous piece of policy as it is constantly engages in double-speak, replete with deliberate ambiguity that is designed to be evasive and unaccountable.

About the KJC Movement: Karnataka Janaarogya Chaluvali (KJC) comprising unions of informal sector workers such as construction workers, domestic workers and rural agricultural workers, representatives of urban deprived communities, safai karmacharis, dalit movement, child rights groups, progressive women’s groups, public health researchers, lawyers, filmmakers and academicians, is a people’s struggle for health rights, dignity and well-being of all citizens, with a focus on the most disadvantaged and marginalized communities.

KJC believes that health and health care is not a commodity but an inalienable human right and a marker of equal citizenship.  Any form of participation of the private sector in framing health policies, funding or provision of public health services will only increase commercialization of health care services and systems, deepen existing double standards in health care leading to two classes of citizens that goes against the very grain of Constitutional principles.