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New Delhi [India], February 12 (ANI/NewsVoir): BMU, a Hero Group Initiative, unveiled a report at its 2nd AI industry conclave on “Embracing the shift in healthcare”, that was organized virtually on Wednesday – February 10, 2021. With a foreword from Sunil Kant Munjal, Chancellor, BMU & Chairman, Hero Enterprise, the report titled AI: Embracing the shift in healthcare, summarizes the opportunities and challenges that AI presents for India’s healthcare sector, factors driving its adoption, practical insights into its functioning in the Indian context gathered through a primary survey with C-suite executives in healthcare organisations and recommendations for its future prospects.
The research report was released by Dr Vishal Talwar, Dean, School of Management, BML Munjal University. Expert speakers from Invento Robotics, Qure.AI, Microsoft, University of Warwick, Oxford University and McKinsey shared their insights on the subject.
Speaking on the occasion, Sunil Kant Munjal, Chancellor – BML Munjal University said, “Technology is unlikely to substitute human intelligence yet, even so, AI heightens the ‘human’ element of intelligence with every iteration and interaction. AI is already improving the quality of life and leading to high-skilled jobs that facilitate human creativity and intelligence. It is especially heartening to see the impact of AI and related technologies in the healthcare sector, where enormous value can be created across the entire patient journey, from diagnosis and treatment to ongoing health maintenance.”
COVID-19 has focussed the world’s attention to one of the fastest-growing and largest industries in the world – healthcare. This is also evident from the India Budget FY 22 where the sector has received a 137 per cent increase in allocation.
AI is the new normal and is embracing the shift in healthcare confirms the report launched by BML Munjal University. It cites the various use cases of AI that are accelerating its adoption. The development and application of AI techniques in healthcare are helping to improve the diagnostic process. AI technology is assisting pathologists in making more accurate diagnoses and developing methods for individualised medical treatment. In drug discovery, Pharmaceutical companies are adopting AI to improve the efficiency and accuracy of drug creation. AI is helping to enhance the patient experience and improve access to quality healthcare. Further, it is helping to improve the operational efficiency of hospitals that can substantially reduce the costs of running day to day business.

Expectedly, the Indian market for AI in healthcare is expanding at a fast pace and is estimated to be worth INR 431.97 billion by 2021, expanding at a rate of 40 per cent. Several factors in India are providing favourable tailwinds. These are a combination of government investments, the boom of health-tech start-ups, and increasing market competitiveness among hospitals. The National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (NSAI) is one such initiative of the government which is encouraging companies in healthcare to adopt AI. Under NITI Aayog, healthcare has been mentioned as the core beneficiary from the NSAI. A Task Force on AI has been deployed to browse and explore new avenues where AI can be used and subsequently leveraged. The prospect of introducing cognitive systems to help specially-abled people and the ageing population has been highlighted.

One of the most defining trends in helping establish AI in everyday healthcare has been the boom in health tech start-ups, states the report. As of 2020, there were 3,225 start-ups in India in the health tech space. India’s health-tech market is also estimated to reach $21 Bn in 2025 with preventive healthcare expected to reach a market size of $170 Bn by 2025, driven strongly by fitness and wellness apps and diagnostics solutions.
The report also explores the challenges and risks involved, namely those around privacy of customer data, the bias in training algorithms that may corrupt outcomes, data availability and ethical challenges. The report makes a strong recommendation for the need for a regulatory body to monitor AI, calling it ‘extremely crucial for India to increase the application of AI’.
The report concludes with a survey with C-suite executives in healthcare to ascertain the on-ground sentiment towards AI, adoption trends and real-world challenges.
All the participants, 100 per cent, are extremely optimistic about AI’s potential to meaningfully solve complex challenges for healthcare in India. A majority 90 per cent of executives surveyed said they have an AI strategy in place with 64 per cent stating that AI is of high priority in terms of organisational strategy. However, 75 per cent of organisations find themselves in the early stages of adoption of AI and of other new age technologies. Interestingly among the top 6 emerging technologies of AI, Cloud Computing, IoMT, 3D Printing, Big Data Analytics, Robotics being adopted in the healthcare sector AI is the highest adopted, followed by cloud computing and the internet of medical things.
Organisations plan to accelerate their AI strategy in the near future. 74 per cent state this of high priority. The impact of COVID-19 has been mixed on the adoption levels, however, the majority (54 per cent) have said that it has paced up plans to adopt AI even further.
98 per cent of the participants are already seeing moderate to significant benefit from their AI strategy and adoption. And a majority expect to see further significant benefit in the next 4-5 years from AI adoption. The top areas where organisations expect to see significant benefits from AI strategy are in operational efficiency, disease detection and diagnostics, patient satisfaction and cost savings.
High capital requirements remain to be the key challenge to implementing AI strategies within healthcare organisations. Executives also strongly feel that the potential impact on jobs (reduction due to automation) is a big challenge towards implementation. Given that AI is expected to leave numerous low-skilled jobs redundant in the next decade, executives need to manage this skilfully. The lack of knowledge and skills is another major barrier (similar to various other industries) as the nature of work changes and the workforce needs to be reskilled to work effectively with emerging technologies like AI.
76 per cent of the participants are therefore investing heavily in the up-gradation of skills of the current workforce with respect to AI with 66 per cent respondents stating that AI-related skills and knowledge is a priority for hiring.
As much as 96 per cent of executives say that current health care education needs significant upgradation in India to keep pace with changing technologies.
“From SIRI to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is progressing rapidly, making our everyday lives more convenient. While this surge is impacting all the fields, Artificial Intelligence is especially rising in the analysis, interpretation, and comprehension of complicated medical and healthcare data. The greater potential of AI lies in the synergies generated by using new age tech together across the entire patient journey, from diagnosis to treatment, to ongoing health maintenance, etc. However, the industry is faced with a crippling skill shortage. It will not be an exaggeration to call the present scenario the largest talent challenger ever, and it is knocking hard at the gates of the Indian technology industry and academic institutions. The conclave today is yet another way to elevate and lead the conversation on the future of the tech workforce. We have had in-depth and insightful discussions with the accomplished participants today and take the opportunity to thank everyone for their opinion and participation,” said Dr Vishal Talwar, Dean – School Of Management, BML Munjal University.
BMU’s 2nd AI Conclave 2021 is designed as a confluence of thought leaders, influencers, academicians and business builders to discuss the AI landscape and trends that are shaping the healthcare of tomorrow.
The methodology of the survey with healthcare executives
The primary survey was conducted by interviewing 50 C-suite executives from large healthcare organisations across India.
Authors of the report
The report is co-authored by research teams led by Dr Vishal Talwar from BML Munjal University and Karan Arora from Beast Global.
Named after the late Founder Chairman of the Hero Group, BML Munjal University (BMU) is a unique not-for-profit initiative founded by the promoters of the Hero Group. BMU is mentored by Imperial College London and is engaged in creating, preserving, and imparting internationally benchmarked knowledge and skills. The university seeks to transform higher education in India by creating a world-class innovative teaching, learning and research environment. It envisions becoming a nursery for the leaders of tomorrow and a repository of knowledge.
The various undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral programmes offered in the University are: PhD, MBA, B.Tech, BBA, B.A. (Hons) Economics, B. Com (Hons), B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), B.B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)
The School of Management at BML Munjal University has been ranked 37th among all management institutions across India in the NIRF Rankings 2020.
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Brand Opus India announces the winners of Fame Icon Awards – 2021

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Bengaluru [Karnataka] [India], March 6 (ANI/NewsVoir): Fame Icon Awards – 2021 has been organized by Brand Opus India to recognize the various organizations and companies, entrepreneurs, and service providers for their outstanding performance and achievements in their respective fields.
These Awards are going to be a small token of appreciation for the individuals who are pushing the boundaries to make an Honorable future of this society. It will motivate other great minds to strive towards aphelion.
The awards are an ode to the indomitable spirit of the winners, conceived and initiated by Brand Opus India – Best Brand Management Company in India.
The initiative was well supported by Success Magazine India – Magazine Partner, Untold Success Stories – Associate Partner.
The list of the awardees are:
Winners of Fame Icon Awards – 2021:
* Outstanding Child Environmentalist & Green Activist in India – Geethika Venkatesan (Green Activist & Founder) Yadhumadi Integrated Rural and Urban Development Society.
* Best Architecture & Construction Company in Kolkata – Debasish Sarkar (Managing Director) – Fast Help Private Limited.
* Most Inspiring Health Coach and Lifestyle Counselor in Maharashtra – Preety Bhanushali Patel.
* Most Creative Young Fashion Icon & Entrepreneur in Gujarat – Nakshrajsinh Sisodiya (Fashion Designer).
* Exceptional Corporate Startup Professional of the Year – Chandan Biswal (Director – Sales & Marketing) – Pigeon India Private Limited.
* Most Innovative Corporate Leader Promoting Sales & Strategy For New Business & Startup In Pan India – Sujit Kumar Sarangi
* International Fame Icon for Research Excellence and Educationist – Dr Arpita Chatterjee.
* Young Aspiring Researcher & Educator of Zoology – Dr Arjun Shukla, Gold Medalist, Faculty, Department of Zoology, Govt. M.H. College of Home Science and Science for Women, Jabalpur (M.P.) INDIA
* Young Women Entrepreneur and Dentist of the Year – Dr Vinisha Pandey (BDS, MDS), Endodontist and Laser Specialist, Dr Vinisha Pandey Dentistry.
Young Dynamic Leadership in Corporate Finance Management – Anish Maheshwar (CFO, Navkar Corporation Limited).
* India’s Most Eminent Numerologist & Life Coach – Sakshi Duggal Kumria.
* Outstanding Clinical & Teaching Excellence in Facial Aesthetics – Dr Sruthi S (NSFA Academy).
* Best Nail Artist In Thiruvananthapuram – Mrs. Tharadevi (Dartistry, Trivandrum)
* Best Pharmaceutical Solutions Providers in Pondicherry – Dr B. Thlokappiyan.
* Exemplary Contribution in Medical Consulting During Pandemic in Nurpur – Dr Chirag Gupta.
* Most Enterprising Woman Edupreneur 2021 – Poorva A Tripathi (Founder and Director, Experthive Educators Pvt. Ltd.)
* Prominent Brand in Ready Mix Industry – Firstchoice Ready Mix.
* Most Promising Ayurvedic Physician in Patiala – Dr Parmpreet Kaur Bhullar.
* Most Dynamic Young Entrepreneur in Electric Insulator Manufacturing Industry – Manu Mathew Palathungal – Owner, Electro Fibres.
* Most Distinguished Corporate Trainer & Life Coach in Kerala – Dr Manoj A S.
Brand Opus India is the Best Brand Management Company in India.
Brand Opus India has been established with a vision to empower the change-makers, emerging startups, entrepreneurs, and growing businesses to evolve as a well-known brand.
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WSquare becomes first team from TN to be selected for Enpact’s Program Designers’ Lab

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 6 (ANI/NewsVoir): WSquare is India’s First Incubation Program for Women and has created an ecosystem across India of over 1 lakh women entrepreneurs and women on career break, with mentorship, re-skilling programs, digital transformation, networking and other 80 per cent initiatives.
enpact is one of the world leaders in cultivation of startup ecosystems, a Berlin-headquartered non-profit organization empowering entrepreneurship, ecosystems and international cooperation.
The Program Designer’s Lab is a capacity building training created by enpact to support accelerators, incubators, associations, NGOs, and ecosystem enablers at large who want to develop innovative and sustainable entrepreneurship programs. enpact is implementing the PDL in India for a consecutive second year as part of “The Female Entrepreneurship in Berlin and India” (FEBI) project.
“Especially in these difficult times, we are pleased to be able to continue supporting women entrepreneurs in India through valuable development cooperation. Despite various limitations, the creation of synergies and collaborations across borders is essential to drive innovation and learn from each other. Even if the real face-to-face cannot be replaced, the PDL proves that collaboration can also succeed virtually. The participants were able to develop remarkable ideas, exchange experiences and learn from each other in a very short time and under challenging conditions. From this point of view, the kick-off of the second cohort of PDL in India can be seen as a big success and we are looking forward to supporting the further development of the participants and their projects,” says the Director of enpact e.V., Wail Daoud.
Vandhana Ramanathan and Jinal Patel, the Co-founders of Chennai’s own WSquare is the First Team from Tamil Nadu to be selected for the FEBI Project that supports the development and growth of women-led companies in both regions through networking, training, and delegation trips. The project brings together female startup founders and business leaders, as well as support institutions such as accelerators, incubators, NGOs, and international startup ecosystem actors for delegation trips to India and Berlin which will take place partly during the AsiaBerlin Summit.
“Women need to be financially independent and they require motivation through more role models, which we hope to build through this program with global access and building a robust model,” said Vandhana.
“Our vision is to increase the number of women entrepreneurs in India to 50 per cent. We have been keen on understanding the challenges faced by women and this has helped in formulating the strategies of WSquare in these years, which we will be implementing into the program as well,” said Jinal Patel.
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‘Asian Paints Where The Heart Is’ Season 4 kicks-off with music maestro Shankar Mahadevan’s Sprawling Holiday Home

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI/SRV Media): Music maverick, Shankar Mahadevan’s sprawling holiday home on the foothills of a soothing stream, just an hour away from the bustling city of Mumbai; is a treat for the tired soul.
It is a true reflection of his work in music — bold, beautiful and nuanced in just the right way, and Season 4 of ‘Asian Paints Where The Heart Is’ takes you inside the heart of his beautiful abode.
Set in the countryside, his home hits the right notes on so many levels: there’s room for the family, there’s room for guests, and there’s room for his pet dogs. The privilege of space is something Mahadevan loves about homes outside the city.
As a couple of Mahadevan and his wife Sangeeta, love to host family and friends at their holiday home and entertain them with impromptu jam sessions. And their spacious, high-ceilinged living room is testament to that fact.
According to Mahadevan, the high ceiling provides the perfect acoustic reverberations for music. This is a stark contrast to the 500 sq ft house he used to live in Chembur, Mumbai in his early years. But the limited space wasn’t an issue as the music was all-pervasive, with jam sessions lasting through the night sometimes for 9 – 10 hours at a stretch.
Unique decor elements are seen through experimentation with color and texture that is used in bold strokes across the home. In his words, “playing with decor is much like playing with music: you can get it wrong, but that shouldn’t stop you from playing.”
Mahadevan and Sangeeta have lovingly named their home Sahana after a beautiful rag which interestingly they would have named their daughter if they were to have one. The piece de resistance, however, for Mahadevan lies in the calmy gushing stream that runs along the back of the sprawling property and provides its own nature’s music.
The past year, due to the pandemic, has given Mahadevan and his family a chance to spend more time together in this paradise they call home. Catch an exclusive tour of his home given by the musician himself, in the 1st episode of ‘Asian Paints Where The Heart Is’ Season 4.
Episode 1 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cqxDYkyx_4
About ‘Asian Paints Where The Heart Is’ Season 4
Season 4 of ‘Asian Paints Where The Heart Is’ will take viewers on an exclusive tour of seven uniquely beautiful homes of seven much-admired celebrities. This year the likes of Shankar Mahadevan, Anita Dongre, Smriti Mandana, Tamanna Bhatia, Rajkumar Rao, Prateek Kuhad and siblings, Shakti and Mukti Mohan will be opening their doors while also sharing memories and building an emotional connection with the viewers.
A strong connection has been forged between the show and consumers as Asian Paints has gone on to showcase 22 homes, 27 celebrities garnering more than 250 million views in the last three years.
Season 4 will bring a few new elements to the show. This season will introduce viewers to richer decor stories of the celebrities and their homes. With a spaces-first approach, viewers will get to see more of their favorite star’s home: whether it’s a bold change that reflects decor confidence or a minor choice, the new season aims to capture those real, lived-in, warm spaces of the celebrity’s homes that are truly theirs, a space that deeply resonates with them and reflects their true self.
Additionally, viewers will get to discover the celebrity’s experiences and moments during the lockdown, their concept of family, togetherness, and what homes mean to them in this new world.
The show will also touch upon the beauty of relationships and how shared love for a home strengthens it. One can also expect a few passionate ideas and tips on decorating a home from the personality.
Season 4 also brings a new and exciting element for their ardent fans wherein a lucky viewer will win a special giveaway belonging to the celebrity for every episode.
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Samsung, National Geographic Traveller India partner to #UncoverTheEpic with Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G’s 8K Video Snap Feature

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Gurugram (Haryana) [India], March 6 (ANI/NewsVoir): Samsung, India’s most trusted brand, teamed up with National Geographic Traveller India for an adventure like never before to #UncoverTheEpic.
National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Prasanjeet Yadav captured the unexplored sky islands of the Western Ghats using Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, Samsung’s power-packed flagship smartphone.
“We are delighted to partner with National Geographic Traveller India for an epic adventure. At Samsung, we believe in providing consumers with innovations that enable them to do more. A first-of-its-kind camera with pro-grade 108MP lens and 8K video recording, Galaxy S21 Ultra changes the way you shoot. The next time something epic happens out of nowhere, you won’t miss the moment choosing between camera and video. With industry first 8K Video Snap feature, photography enthusiasts now have the power to extract high-resolution stills from every second of an 8K video. The stunning beauty of the Western Ghats has been beautifully captured by Prasenjeet using 8K Video Snap and we are thrilled to see it on the magazine cover,” said Aditya Babbar, Senior Director and Head, Mobile Marketing, Samsung India.
“National Geographic Traveller India has always championed excellence in exploration and this collaboration with Samsung India is one of our most exciting and adventurous projects in recent times. Our story will uncover and showcase the beauty of sky islands in the Western Ghats, one of India’s rarest natural habitats, rich in biodiversity. What was particularly exhilarating about this story was the 8K Video Snap technology that was used to capture our stunning cover shot for the March-April edition of the magazine. At National Geographic, we uphold the highest standards of still photography and for the first time, a still shot from a mobile phone 8K video delivered that. As a sheer storytelling mode, this endeavour was truly unique. We are thrilled with the result and look forward to many more exciting projects in collaboration with Samsung India,” said Preeti Vyas, President and CEO, Amar Chitra Katha Pvt. Ltd., Publisher of National Geographic Traveller India.
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As part of campaign, explorer and photographer Prasenjeet Yadav headed to the forests of the Western Ghats to shoot videos of the biodiversity and the stunning scenes with the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. Using the incredible camera capabilities of the flagship smartphone, he captured the beauty in 8K and extracted high-resolution stills from the video, one of which served as the cover of the March edition. The video footage collected by Prasenjeet on the expedition will also be released to give viewers an insight into what it takes to capture that elusive cover shot.
“Using a phone camera for an assignment was a challenge, but the fact that I could get high-quality pictures of a tiny frog to a large landscape and get one of them printed on the cover of National Geographic Traveller magazine is really impressive,” said Prasenjeet Yadav, National Geographic Explorer and Photographer.
This will be the first time that the cover shot of a travel magazine is generated from a high resolution still from an 8K video, a milestone for the role of camera phones in story-telling, especially in the nature and travel spaces. The cover and the journey video can be viewed on: ww.samsung.com/in/microsite/uncover-the-epic.
Samsung’s Best-in-Class Camera Experience
With the most advanced pro-grade camera system, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G users can capture stunning, studio-quality photos in various lightings and settings. The combination of anti-shake technology, 10x optical zoom and both laser and dual-pixel autofocus enables the cameras to produce results that rival those of high-end DSLRs. Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G has a quad rear camera that features an upgraded 108MP pro sensor, from which users can capture 12 bit HDR photos with 64 times richer colour data and more than three times wider dynamic range. For the first time on a Galaxy smartphone, users can shoot in 4K at 60fps across all lenses including the front and the four rear four lenses.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions.
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National Geographic Traveller is published in India by Amar Chitra Katha Pvt. Ltd. NGT India has won the Trip Advisors award for the best magazine three times in a row (2014-2016). It is an inclusive magazine that focuses on ‘real travel for real people’ through experiential and immersive storytelling. Above all, the magazine tries to cover India more interestingly, while making all this information accessible so that it can enable readers to travel and to go to newer destinations.
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Suchita Oswal Jain bestowed with the Outstanding Women Leader Award at 8th World Women Leadership Congress & Awards

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Ludhiana (Punjab) [India], March 6 (ANI/NewsVoir): Suchita Oswal Jain, the Vice-Chairman and Joint Managing Director of Vardhman Textiles has been awarded with the prestigious “Outstanding Woman Leader 2021” Award at the 8th edition of World Women Leadership Congress and Awards.
The award is conferred for outstanding contribution to the industry and society. Recently she was also awarded India CSR Leadership Award 2021 by India CSR Network and Asia One Women Empowerment Entrepreneur Award 2019-20 by Asia One magazine.
Jain, who is the key driving force behind Vardhman is associated with the organization for about 30 years. Instrumental in formulating the group strategy, CSR initiatives, governance policies, corporate services, new projects along with expansion plans, Jain prefers to lead from the front and as an able custodian of her family business is a source of inspiration to numerous other women.
She has played a pivotal role in taking the business to new heights. She is the one to foray into the manufacturing of fabrics, not only starting the forward integration of the Group but making Vardhman the largest vertically integrated textile manufacturer in the country.
A woman of grit and determination, she advocates the economic inclusion of women to be the strongest pillar of true empowerment. She has done noteworthy work to promote education, make healthcare accessible to all, for rural development besides women empowerment. As a businesswoman, she believes in giving back to society.
Jain attended the event hosted by World Women Leadership Congress virtually and expressed her gratitude to the people who are working to amplify the voices of fantastic women across the globe and re-shaping the future. She congratulated all fellow women who are equally driven by passion as she is and are working towards making a difference through their endeavours. “A better world starts with a better you”, she said while receiving the award.
World Women Leadership Congress is an organization that honours the strategic and influential role of women leaders. The Congress felicitates distinct innovations and initiatives brought in by outstanding women leaders and organizations in various private and public sectors.
Suchita Jain’s audacious goals to taking Vardhman to new heights and her able leadership making the dreams come true signify the hard work and unparalleled passion she possesses which is worth all the appreciation she receives. A revered Member of the Board at the International Textile Manufacturers Federation, she is a trend-setter and a barrier-breaker.
You can also visit Suchita’s website to know more about her, www.suchitaoswaljain.com.
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KHPT in partnership with Central TB Division and USAID hosts a panel discussion on Gender Approach to Equitable Health: Perspective during a pandemic

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI/BusinessWire India): Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT), in collaboration with the Central TB Division (CTD) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), held a webinar focusing on strengthening India’s health systems so they are more gender responsive, specifically in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The webinar brought together policy makers, health activists, and think tank leaders who discussed the importance of gender in responding to and determining the health needs of marginalized communities, especially women.
The panelists included Dr Nishant Kumar, Deputy Director, Central TB Division (CTD), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Sangita Patel, Director, Health Office, USAID/India, Mohan HL, CEO, KHPT, Dr Avni Amin, Technical Officer, Department of Reproductive Health and Research on Violence Against Women, WHO, Geneva, Dalbir Singh, President, Global Coalition Against TB, Blessina Kumar, CEO, Global Coalition Against TB and Pallavi Prasad, Senior Journalist.
“KHPT is committed to empowering all communities especially the most vulnerable. Pandemics like any other disasters have a disproportionate effect on women, more so among the poorer and socially excluded community groups. There is a need for resilient systems that are equipped to address the unique needs of women in adverse circumstances. While we all aspire for equity in health, taking significant and actional steps towards this end through understanding barriers, designing gender sensitive solutions and building evidences of successes for scale is our responsibility. I am sure this discussion will provide practical insights from experts on how to collaborate towards our collective goal of ensuring health for all,” said Mohan HL, CEO, KHPT, drawing attention to the need for focusing on the most vulnerable population.
“In keeping with India’s commitment to ending TB, the CTD is currently expediting all efforts to ensure a comprehensive, multi-sectoral, person-centred approach to TB. In this context, to ensure gender-responsive TB care services, we have constituted a National Technical Expert Committee on TB in Women in October 2018. This framework reflects the interactions between TB and gender at various levels, and outlines the influences and constraints of gender on the TB burden and response; defines actions which would help move towards a gender-responsive approach; and provides guidance to implement these actions,” said Dr Nishant Kumar, Deputy Director, Central TB Division, MoHFW.
In her key remarks, Sangita Patel, Director, Health Office, USAID emphasized USAID’s commitment to address the issue and said, “I am proud that USAID and its partners take gender into consideration when designing and implementing health programs. USAID’s policy on ‘Gender Equality and Female Empowerment’ aims to improve the lives of vulnerable people around the world by advancing equality and empowering women and girls to participate fully in and benefit from the development of their societies. This is true for all our interventions, including the TB program.”
“Initiatives that engage men and boys must be intentionally gender-transformative by challenging harmful masculinities and male privilege and power over women. Such initiatives have the potential to reduce men’s risk behaviors, encourage their help seeking and facilitate men to share care work and decision-making In doing so, they can positively influence men’s own health and that of women by promoting gender equality as a key determinant of health,” said Dr Avni Amin, Technical Officer, Department of Reproductive Health and Research on Violence Against Women, WHO, Geneva, underscoring and acknowledging the involvement of boys and men in gender-based initiatives.
“Gender equality and gender equity can be addressed by using various approaches including legislation, organizational processes, and promotion of awareness and information gathering. Appropriate policy framework coupled with strong political will and resilient health systems could overcome gender inequities in access to and quality of care. Challenges like stigma and social ostracization and other vulnerabilities could be addressed by deeper engagement of communities and local governments,” said Dr Dalbir Singh, President, Global Coalition Against TB.
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