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Date: August 23, 2022

8:00 to 9:30 am ET / 5:30 to 7:00 pm IST

Register here to join the talk / Live Stream the talk on YouTube.

The webinar is a joint Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System event with the Population Foundation of India (PFI). It is the first webinar in a three-part series by the Lancet Citizens’ Commission to commemorate the 75th year of Indian independence. This webinar will focus on the experiences of individuals with a lived experience of the Indian health care system and reflect on the key changes that they would like to see in the goal of achieving universal health coverage. The webinar provides a unique opportunity to learn from, and interact directly with, leaders and advocates who can help identify specific barriers that disease-specific groups face when accessing the health care system, and the obstacles they face in translating access/consumption of services into benefit. As a Citizens’ Commission, we invite the public to participate in the discussion, provide input and engage with the panelists.  Panelists:

  • P Kousalya, Founder, Positive Women Network
  • Namitha Kumar, Research Director and Chief of Content, Centre for Health Ecologies and Technology
  • Nandita Venkatesan, Chevening-Weidenfeld Hoffmann Scholar, University of Oxford
  • Ratnaboli Ray, Ashoka Fellow, Founder and Managing Trustee, Anjali, Kolkata


  • Rakhal Gaitonde, Professor, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology

  The Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System is an ambitious, cross-sectoral endeavor that aims to lay out a citizens’ roadmap to achieving universal health coverage for the people of India. Our new webinar series is intended to serve as a platform for public health discourse in India, and a means for academics, practitioners and the public to engage on substantive and timely issues regarding universal health coverage in India.  Population Foundation of India is a fifty-year-old Indian non-profit organisation working towards the effective formulation and implementation of gender-sensitive health strategies and policies.