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HENI Equilogues: Social movements for health equity
In this equilogues listen to experiences and narratives of grievance redressal for patient rights violations in Karnataka, India.

Keeping health equity as the guiding principle, social movements for health across the globe strive for justice and upholding health (care) rights of individuals and communities. Social movements for health challenge inequitable health policies, structures of authority, unjust research, and health care practices. They are an important political force driving social change.

In a recent paper published in BMJ Global Health, Ms. Meena Putturaj and others have captured the struggles of a collective grassroot movement in Karnataka, India to secure justice for aggrieved health care seekers through the formal grievance redress system paper.

In the 19th HENI Equilogues, Ms. Putturaj will be joined by Mr Shivaputrappa D Malladada , who is a representative from the Community-based organization (CBO), which supported the aggrieved care-seeking individuals in a subdistrict in Karnataka. She will present an overview of her paper - Crying Baby Gets the Milk?: The Governmentality of Grievance Redressal for Patient Rights Violations in Karnataka, India.

Following this, Ms. Putturaj will have a discussion with Mr Malladada about the aggrieved community’s struggles and strategies to obtain justice with the formal grievance redressal system for a case of alleged patient rights violations reported in a public health facility in Karnataka. Additionally, they will deliberate on the way forward for social movements at a time when the civil space in democratic countries is shrinking

Aug 19, 2022 03:00 PM in India

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