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The webinar is a joint Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System event with SOCHARA and Population Foundation of India. A 2018 national report on tribal health in India draws attention to the fact that the health conditions, health status and access to health care of the approximately 104 million tribals in India, though improving over the years, remain the poorest among all social groups. To actualize aspirations for universal health care in India, it is imperative to pay close attention to the social and cultural realities in which tribal communities live and to design the health system with their participation such that it builds on their strengths and needs. The panelists will focus on the need to improve tribal health security for achieving the goal of universal health coverage in India. The webinar provides a unique opportunity to learn from, and interact directly with, leaders who can help design a socially sensitive and inclusive health system that bridges the existing gaps in health status and access to health care. As a Citizens’ Commission, we invite the public to participate in the discussion, provide input and engage with the panelists.



  • Dr. Glenn Christo Kharkongor, Chancellor, Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong
  • Dr. Melari S. Nongrum, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Public Health, Shillong
  • Dr. Abhay Bang, Founder, SEARCH 


  • Dr. Thelma Narayan, Director, Academics & Policy Action, SOCHARA

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. The Mittal Institute is a sponsor of this initiative. This 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.

Society for Community Health Awareness Research and Action (SOCHARA) is an independent non-government organisation working towards promoting a people-centred paradigm for health and development, envisioned through a community health movement and a community health approach to public health problems.

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.