Monday, March 1, 2010

HEALTH CARE IS A BIRTHRIGHT


1. Recognizing that health care challenges are enormous.
2. Accepting that there exists an ever increasing gap between the haves and have-nots with respect to reach of required health care resources.
3. Appreciating the initiatives like National Rural Health Mission of the Government of India.
4. Access to quality health care services is recognized as a fundamental right.
5. The focus of health care should shift from disease to health. Therefore, health preventive and health-promotive measures should be strengthened and public health should receive top priority in health care planning.
6. There should be a paradigmatic shift in national policy from technology-focused to human-centric in providing health care.
7. Changing lifestyles are greatly contributing to the disease burdens. Therefore, behavioral science oriented interventions are of utmost relevance and urgently needed in the planning than ever before calling for augmentation of national health care program.
8. All this demands inclusion of medical anthropological research inputs without which the health care program will continue to function in a vacuum. Therefore, medical anthropological researches should be initiated and supported at the national level.

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