We should prioritise the healthcare needs of the rural population: Dr Raman Kumar

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15th World Rural Health Conference will focus on national consultation on rural and remote healthcare in the context of delivering primary healthcare and this will be in collaboration with Niti Aayog’s National Rural Health Mission, National Health Systems Resource Centre, World Health Organisation and the other stake holders such as the NGO’s which are working in the rural health area.

Shahid Akhter, editor, ETHealthworld spoke to Dr Raman Kumar, Organizing Chairperson, 15th World Rural Health Conference and President Elect, WONCA South Asia Region. He discusses the highlights of the forthcoming 15th World Rural Health Conference (April 26-29, 2018) in New Delhi. Edited excerpts:

Highlights of 15th World Rural Health Conference (April 26-29, 2018)

Academy of Family Physicians of India is organising 15th World Rural Health Conference in partnership with World Organisation of Family Doctors. This is the 15th addition of this World Rural Forum. Earlier it was held in Australia and Brazil and now we have brought it to India, New Delhi, with the focus of bringing rural healthcare on the forefront of healthcare policy discussions. We are expecting some 1000 delegates from more than 50 countries. We have received more than 700 abstracts and scientific programme proposals and we hope that this will be a landmark event in the history of rural healthcare academics in India. In India we have a challenge of catering the rural healthcare population.

This would be the first ever rural healthcare conference in India South Asia.

We should prioritise the healthcare needs of the rural population and this is the purpose of organising the 15th World Rural Health Conference. The theme of the conference is healing the heart healthcare and leaving none behind which is inspired by the Sustainable Development Goal 3 which specifically focuses on healthcare needs or healthcare requirements of the world. India is largely a rural country and in the past the governments have tried their best to address the rural healthcare needs. We all know about the national rural health mission initiative of the government of India through which we address the rural healthcare infrastructure as well as human resource development.

Now we have close to one million community health workers and in this conference we are inviting all those grass root community health workers, policy makers, medical doctors and any citizen with an interest in rural and primary healthcare is welcomed to join us and contribute to this event. This event will have several components apart from the scientific programme which will be very rich in nature because the major international universities are participating and contributing to this event. We will also be holding a national consultation on rural and remote healthcare in the context of delivering primary healthcare and this will be in collaboration with Niti Aayog’s National Rural Health Mission, National Health Systems Resource Centre, World Health Organisation and the other stake holders such as the NGO’s which are working in the rural health area.

We are also holding short films and art festivals which will again focus on the rural healthcare theme and the purpose of it is to inspire the healthcare workers and celebrate their work at the grass root level. Apart from this we will be holding a India Healthcare Ideathon 2018 in which we are inviting innovating ideas from the healthcare providers across the world where anyone can come showcase their services, their products, new innovations, new invention or service design and we will be appreciating them and awarding them through a judge committee. So I welcome all of you to come and celebrate rural healthcare across world. This would be a unique opportunity coming to New Delhi and I hope this will bring focus and prioritize the rural healthcare system internationally.

As President of Wonca, what will be your priorities?
I am also the South Asia President elect for World Organisation of Family Doctors and I will be taking over in Korea conference in coming October and my emphasis during my tenure would be supporting and promoting rural healthcare, developing new leadership young doctors and bringing them into primary healthcare and comprehensive community healthcare domain. In this international conference we are hosting all major health delivery systems, one which is very close to our country’s needs such as the Brazilian model the, the South African model and even our neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka and Nepal are participating..

Courtesy: Shahid Akhter, ET
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