As a pioneering civil society organisation working in the Indian health sector for two decades, SATHI has been at the forefront of activities around ensuring social accountability of private healthcare. It hosts the Global Thematic Hub on Accountability of Private Healthcare Sector associated with COPASAH. SATHI’s work on this front in the last few years has expanded rapidly within India, in collaboration with networks like Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s Health Movement – India).
SATHI initiated a National patients’ rights campaign in India, which is now finding enthusiastic and widespread responses from CSOs and citizens, who are deeply affected and concerned about the wide range of issues related to commercialised and unregulated private healthcare providers.
Along with this, SATHI also works as the national secretariat of ‘Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare’ (ADEH-www.ethicaldoctors.org) -- a national network of medical professionals who support reforms in the health system to ensure de-commercialisation of healthcare, and democratization of regulations in the medical profession, moving towards Universal Health Care. SATHI has been instrumental in developing ‘Patient- Doctor Forums’ in Mumbai and Pune, generation of knowledge pertaining to practices of private healthcare sector, and has spearheaded innovative research related to it.