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Persuading (the low-spending) state governments to focus their limited resources on areas of maximum impact

 Date: December 12, 2022, 6:00 to 7:30 pm IST/ 7:30 to 9:00 am ET

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The webinar is a joint Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System event with the Population Foundation of India (PFI) and is being held to mark Universal Health Coverage (UHC) DayThere is a wide variation in the amounts allocated towards health by various Indian states. Four Indian states, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh, with a combined population of 450 million, are the lowest spenders amongst Indian states. Their allocations compare poorly with even the lowest estimates of the resources required to offer UHC in India. Our distinguished panel will discuss these very low expenditures, which are clearly inadequate to fund UHC on their own, and what should be the focus of government health expenditures. As a Citizens’ Commission, we invite the public to participate in the discussion, provide input and engage with the panelists. 



  • Dr Evita Fernandez, Obstetrician & Chairperson, Fernandez Foundation
  • Dr Hwa-Young Lee, Senior Health Systems Researcher, Yonsei University, South Korea and Harvard University, USA
  • Dr Kojo Nimako, Ghanaian physician and researcher with a keen interest and expertise in systems for Maternal and Newborn Health Service Delivery in developing countries.
  • Dr Nachiket Mor, Visiting Scientist, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health

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.