Meeting of the Core Members of the Political Leaders’ Forum on Child Survival

L to R: Anjali Nayyar (GHS), Dr Sanjay Jaiswal (MP, BJP), Mr Ramesh Chandran (GPPI-CPR), Dr Santosh Mehrotra
On August 6, 2015, the Global Health Strategies (GHS) and Governance & Public Policy Initiative-Centre for Policy Research (GPPI-CPR) organised an agenda focused meeting of the core members of ‘The Political Leaders’ Forum on Child Survival’Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal, MP, BJP chaired this meeting. During this meeting, the future agenda for the Forum including the registration of the Trust was discussed. 11 multi-party group of MPs participated in this meeting.

The meeting began with a brief introduction from Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal regarding the broad issues and challenges of Healthcare in India. Dr. Jaiswal shared his experience on how they worked in the past with parliamentary forums for child survival and malnutrition. He spoke about the formation of a parliamentary forum like that of HIV-Aids forum, that would have a focused discussion on health related issues and challenges within the country.

Dr. Santosh Mehrotra, Human Development Economist, gave a presentation outlining some of the major aspects that require to be addressed with regard to healthcare in the country. He discussed about the possible alternative mechanisms for financing in healthcare.  Drawing on examples from around the world such as Mexico, Bhutan and Africa, that have devised innovative strategies for encouraging healthcare, he outlined ways in which the country could upgrade its health care.