Society for Community Health Awareness Research and Action

3rd National Health Assembly - 2018

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"The time to make health and healthcare a fundamental right is Now!"

Dates: 22nd and 23rd September 2018

Venue: Rabindra Bhawan, Kalibadi Road, Raipur, Chhattisgarh


Health as a fundamental human right is not a new concept. There have been various struggles and campaigns to achieve health for all, across the world. One of the most important milestones in these struggles is the Alma Ata declaration of 1978. The year 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of this declaration. Nevertheless, we are still facing global health crises characterised by inequities related to a range of social determinants of health, access to health services and health outcomes.

Third National Health Assembly (September 2018)

The National Health Assembly scheduled to be held in Raipur, Chhattisgarh with the motto, "The time to make health and healthcare a fundamental right is Now!" and aims to bring together activists, academics, peoples’ movements and members of civil society organisations to mobilise action towards setting health as an important agenda prior to the upcoming general elections. Incidentally, the global People’s Health Assembly is going to be held in Bangladesh and this will also be an opportunity to reenergise and create a momentum for our common struggle. We are expecting participation of around 1500 people from across the country. The tentative list of themes for the assembly is given below:

  1. Defending Public Sector Health Systems
  2. Privatisation and Healthcare
  3. Gender and Health
  4. Access to Medicines and Diagnostics
  5. Social Determinants of Health

This National Health Assembly is the third- the first we held in Kolkata in year 2000 and the second in Bhopal in 2006. Over the course of the last 12 years, the health sector has seen rapid developments and major changes in its structure and goals. Some of these trends, already present in the formulations of the Planning Commission in the closing years of the earlier regime, have accelerated under the Niti Aayog and its neoliberal narrative post the 2014 elections. The health sector along with other social sectors like education has seen continued decline in public investment. There is an increased need to defend public systems and prevent the rampant privatisation of all public goods and services including health. Other challenges are seen in the form of rising fundamentalism, majoritarianism and attacks on gender, Dalit and Adivasi rights, free speech and democratic discourse. This sets the context for the National Health Assembly and it will also give an opportunity to review the work that JSA has done in mobilising action towards health for all.


Lets March for Health for All ..