Health for All

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With the Government of India’s National Health Policy 2017 articulating a “Health for All” vision, a public health conference was recently organised to address today’s health challenges, and how these may be solved through a public-private collaboration.

NIPI (Norway India Partnership Initiative) partner Jhpiego was a panellist in the discussion on how to reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and particular Goal 3, which is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Important aspects is to reduce maternal mortality rates and preventable deaths of new-borns and children under five, as well as increase training of health workers. 

In its message to the audience, Jhpiego shared its experience on working with the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to provide technical support in the public health system. Jhpiego apprised of its grass-root level work on improving labour room practices and skilling nurses and midwives that has shown successful in preventing deaths. The organisation also mentioned that the work of civil societies is not only a healthcare initiative, but a holistic approach on women empowerment, sanitation and hygiene, infrastructure upgradation and good governance.  

One of the conclusions of the conference was that in order to further accelerate progress and meet the Sustainable Development Goals within 2030, there is a need for collaboration between the public and private sectors to think about innovate ways to deliver high-quality, affordable, and accessible care to all who need.