Current projects under Private sector
Project Title : Developing the COPASAH South Asia Regional Hub
Project Period : 1st Phase – January 2021 to July 2021, 2nd Phase – August 2021 to October 2022
Donor Agency : COPASAH-PAI
Under-resourced public health system and unaffordable, unregulated private health sector is an essential context of health care in most South Asian countries. Transparency and accountability deficits regarding public and the private health systems are multidimensional. Unregulated, commercialized and highly privatised healthcare leads to denial and malpractices, which are highlighted during the COVID pandemic. The right to health is impacted by deep inequalities along axes of power and exclusion in the region, including class, caste, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disabilities. Multi-dimensional issues of Health workers also need to be urgently addressed as part of health system reforms in the region.
Towards addressing all these concerns, COPASAH affiliated organisations in South Asia including India have been instrumental in promoting health rights based social accountability initiatives. COPASAH’s legitimacy as a practitioner-led network can be instrumental in highlighting South Asian experiences on health sector transparency and accountability.
SATHI is one of the convening organisations of the COPASAH network in South Asia, and is actively involved in networking within India on social accountability of private healthcare, as well as community accountability of public health services. SATHI has also been part of South Asia level networking by COPASAH, including anchoring Track 4 on Social accountability of private healthcare during the COPASAH global symposium in 2019.
Overall objectives for entire project period (2021-22):
To develop the COPASAH South Asia regional hub, which will work as a knowledge and practice convening forum on social accountability of public and private healthcare sectors in the region, including sexual and reproductive health rights.
Specific objectives in phase 1 (Jan to Apr 2021):
- Finalization of work plans for the South Asia regional hub during 2021-22, based on organisation of series of virtual meetings and exchanges
- Determining levels and types of resources required for project implementation in phase 2, including human power support, organizational development and fundraising needs concerning the South Asia hub
- Initiating formation of the organisational basis for development of hub related activities in the region