Despite access to quality, affordable healthcare, medicine and vaccines being a priority of many nations, India’s per capita spending on health remains one of the lowest in the world. The World Health Organisation identifies demographic coverage, services provided and levels of private spending as key to the success of establishing systems of Universal Healthcare (UHC.) Speakers will discuss these themes with specific reference to providing UHC in India. The panels will consider the implementation of the 2015 National Health Policy with special reference to States and Union Territories and discuss a roadmap for coordinated policy initiatives and practical action across sectors.
Under this theme, the following panel discussions and workshops will be organised:
India’s sports industry is growing rapidly, creating lucrative new forms of employment for many people. Rising rewards are providing athletes the incentive to focus on their health and performance like never before. As such, this panel will examine the growing issue of health in sport. Our experts – eminent athletes and leading figures from India’s sporting world – will shed light on how sports people consistently push health boundaries to succeed at the highest level.
In providing a lesson to all those interested in maintaining good health, the panel will host representatives of India’s achievements in cricket, hockey, tennis, and athletics, all of whom will discuss how the keys health themes of Difficult Dialogues have touched their own lives – How does pressure affect an athlete? How can sport reduce NCDs? How can we improve accessibility to sport for disabled people?
The discussion will pivot around the highly topical controversy of performance enhancing drugs. In light of numerous recent cases of doping in global sport’s highest echelons, our panelists will be posed the questions: How prevalent is drug use in India and elsewhere? How should drug cheats be punished? Is the scourge increasing or decreasing in response to new deterrent strategies?
- Alka Beotra
- Nikhil Chopra