Indian Institute of Management Udaipur is playing host to the fourth meeting of the Equitable Healthcare Access Consortium (EHA Consortium) on the 12th and 13th of April 2019.
The meeting, that started today, saw 40 participants from across India, representing 15 organizations including DHAN Foundation, Aravind Eye Care System (AECS), L.V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), ARTH, Basic Healthcare Services, SIICP, People Tree Hospital, SSISM Education Institutions, Doctors for Seva, Fernandez Hospital, Indian School of Business, and Indian Institute of Management Udaipur, among others.
The fourth meeting of the EHA Consortium deliberated and expanded on the scope of how the member organizations can work on models to provide quality healthcare. Thematic areas for EHAC to deepen its impact were identified: primary healthcare for the poor and the networking with secondary and tertiary healthcare providers, quality care for all provided with empathy, workshops for medical students on being ethical while practicing one’s livelihood, and self-certifying courses on topics related to the earlier mentioned themes. The courses that are currently in development are on Empathy, Patient Rights and Ethics, Personal Financing of healthcare, Respectful maternal care, Medical Representative Health Training, Equitable Access to healthcare and Linking the three levels of healthcare (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary).
EHA is a Consortium of socially-sensitive healthcare providers, organizations involved in fostering livelihood for the poor, and education institutions, from across the country, who can, through networking and resource sharing, come up with new and improved models for providing access to healthcare, livelihood and education to all. These three components are essential to create a more equitable and stable society.
Joint pilot programs launched by the members of EHA Consortium has seen out-reach benefiting over 36,000 people in different areas including eye check-ups, signing up of blood donors to support thalassemia patients, awareness and treatment of colo-rectal diseases, and organizing general health camps.
The EHA Consortium plans to have over 100 member organizations by 2023 and will continue its efforts to provide equitable healthcare through continued actionable conversations among responsible healthcare providers.