PHM India's Health Manifesto

25 Mar 2014

Today across India, people continue to suffer and die unnecessarily due to poor access to affordable and effective health care and due to a range of social and economic determinants that promote ill-health and disease. Approximately 1.83 million children under five years of age die each year in India. This is the highest number anywhere in the world.One-third of all malnourished children live in India.

The cost of health care is a leading cause of poverty. National Sample Survey Organisation’s (NSSO) recent morbidity, healthcare survey, estimates thataround 63.22 million individuals or 11.88 million households were pushed to BPL due to healthcare expenditure. Paradoxically, all these are happening at a time when India has the resources, knowledge and skills to usher in real change.

Given this context, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan proposes a set of clear policy proposals (attached). We would like to request all political parties to commit themselves to these proposals, and if elected to power, to deliver upon them.

We are confident that these measures would be found to be extremely popular among ordinary people, and parties which publicly commit themselves to carrying out these measures would enjoy widespread public support.


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Sarojini N, Joe Verghese, Amit Sen Gupta

On behalf of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan- PHM India

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