ACCESS Health India participated in and led some of the important discussions at the annual summit of NATHealth that was held in New Delhi on March 28 and 29 and was attended by stakeholders across the country virtually.  Dr Krishna Reddy Nallamalla, Regional Director, South Asia, ACCESS Health International presented on the Global Best Practices on Health Systems Resilience and later moderated a panel discussion on Building Resilient Healthcare Systems in India.

In his presentation, Dr Reddy spoke about how the existing frameworks to assess the resilience of health systems globally proved inadequate in measuring and predicting the preparedness of countries in dealing with health systems shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic. He alluded to the study conducted by ACCESS Health International as a part of the Global Learning Collaborative for Health Systems Resilience. The study looked at existing resilience frameworks across the country and found many gaps that need to be addressed by nations collectively through effective surveillance and data sharing. Dr Reddy spoke about the sole focus of resilience frameworks on public health systems alone and stressed the need to put equal emphasis on the private healthcare sector.

Dr Reddy also moderated a discussion among an elite panel of speakers, on the topic, “Building Resilient Healthcare System in India.” The panelists included Dr. Dale Huntington, Senior Director Health Care Systems Policy, JNJ, Prof. Prashant Yadav, Affiliate Professor, INSEAD,

Lancet Covid-19 Commission, Mr. Punit Kohli, Managing Director, Fresenius Medical Care, India, Dr. Om Manchanda, Managing Director, Dr Lal Path Labs, and Mr. Ashwajit Singh, Managing Director – IPE Global (P) Ltd.

NATHealth is a national level federation of the private healthcare industry in India and has representatives from private hospitals, diagnostics chains, and other private health services providers in the country. NATHEALTH held its 8th Annual Summit on the theme ‘Re-building, Re-structuring and Re-imagining resilient healthcare systems in India in a post-pandemic era. The summit was designed to bring industry and the government together to discuss, deliberate and lay the roadmap for a stronger, resilient India which is future-ready for any uncertainties.

M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President, Government of India inaugurated the summit. Eminent dignitaries – Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr VK Paul, Member (Health) – NITI Aayog and S Aparna, Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals graced the occasion with their insightful deliberations and participation.

The summit witnessed extensive participation from the Government of India, leaders from hospitals, medical technology and diagnostics sectors, insurance, medical education, pharmaceuticals, global multi-stakeholder organisations, start-ups, and investors

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