Eminent physicians and health activists across the South Asian region and diaspora come together to discuss South Asia’s healthcare situation and the way forward.
Sapan invites you for the third in a series of curated monthly events themed ‘Imagine! Neighbours in Peace’, a title borrowed from an unpublished volume by Chowk.com, 2005.
Neighbours in Peace and Health
WHEN: Sunday, June 27, 2021 – 8 pm PKT/8.30 pm IST/11 am EST
HOW: Zoom webinar through registration; Facebook Live
WHO: Speakers include feminist activist Khushi Kabir in Dhaka introducing the event, journalist Beena Sarwar briefly sharing the SAPAN story, pioneering Ramon Magsaysay awardee Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury in Dhaka, public health activist Dr. Vandana Prasad in Delhi, mental health specialist Dr Haroon Ahmed Syed in Karachi, infectious diseases physician Dr Anup Subedee in Nepal and others. Journalist Mandira Nayar will moderate the discussion. Activist Lalita Ramdas will close the event.
UPDATE, 28 JUNE 2021:
As the Delta variant spreads death and disruption across South Asia, prominent public health experts have said Covid-19 cannot be defeated unless there is a region-wide approach.
The third in the series of SAPAN’s monthly public webinars themed ‘Imagine: Neighbours in Peace’ focused on health as an entry point to talk about South Asian regionalism and ‘healthcare for all’.
Physicians and public-health experts from the region and the diaspora discussed how the pandemic is affecting rural areas of South Asia, hurdles in its treatment, and access (or lack thereof) to vaccinations. They also discussed how Covid-19 has affected mental health, women and particularly in all the countries of the region.
The meeting took place as the region is battered by a devastating second wave of Covid-19, especially in India. The possibility of another wave looms large even as vaccination rates are still low in all countries in the region.
MORE ABOUT SAPAN: The South Asia Peace Action Network, formed on March 28, is a coalition of individuals and organisations joining hands to take forward the principles and ideals of peace, justice, democracy and human rights that mentors and leaders like I.A Rehman, Asma Jahangir, Dr Mubashir Hasan, Nikhil Chakravartty, Nirmala Deshpande, Kuldip Nayar, Rajni Kothari and others envisioned and worked for.
We believe that the way forward lies in greater socio-economic cooperation, resource-sharing between nation states and regions, and a visa-free South Asia or a confederation of nations. We are still grappling with a severe humanitarian crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, causing an unprecedented loss of lives and livelihoods. Nobody is safe unless everybody is safe. This moment impresses upon us the need for collective action and regionalism, as outlined in our 30 May Resolution (open for endorsements). Our grief is collective, and so is our struggle for justice and peace, through peaceful, collective, consistent action.