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The Nand and Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture Series

Can India Deliver on Universal Health Coverage?

Dr. K. Srinath Reddy
President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 05:00
Kirkland & Ellis, LLP 50th Floor Conference Center 601 Lexington Avenue New York, New York 10022 Reception – 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. (Conference Center Reception Area) Lecture – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (Rooms 50H/50I) RSVP by Thursday, October 3 to geoa@sas.upenn.edu (It is important to RSVP to receive a visitor's pass)
A CASI Nand & Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture


About the Speaker:
Dr. K. Srinath Reddy is President of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and former head of the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He was appointed the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2009. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He has served on many WHO expert panels and is presently the President of the World Heart Federation (2013-14).

Dr. Reddy is a member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (unsdsn.org), established to assist the United Nations in developing the post-2015 goals for sustainable development. He chairs the Thematic Group on Health in the SDSN. His contributions to public health have been recognized through several awards and honors, including: WHO Director General’s Award for Outstanding Global Leadership in Tobacco Control (World Health Assembly, 2003), Padma Bhushan (Presidential Honour, India, 2005).

Having trained in cardiology and epidemiology, Dr. Reddy has been involved in several major international and national research studies including the INTERSALT global study of blood pressure and electrolytes, INTERHEART global study on risk factors of myocardial infarction, national collaborative studies on epidemiology of coronary heart disease and community control of rheumatic heart disease. Widely regarded as a leader of preventive cardiology at national and international levels, he has been a researcher, teacher, policy enabler, advocate and activist who has worked to promote cardiovascular health, tobacco control, chronic disease prevention and healthy living across the lifespan.  He edited the National Medical Journal of India for 10 years and is on editorial board of several international and national journals. Dr. Reddy has more than 350 scientific publications in international and Indian peer reviewed-journals.

About the Lecture:
India's economic growth in the last two decades has not been matched by its health indicators, which do not compare favorably with its peers among low and middle income countries. An under resourced health system is challenged by multiple disease burdens and a high level of health care related impoverishment. In the past two years, there has been a wide ranging debate on universal health coverage (UHC) to provide greater efficiency and equity in the delivery of health services. The Indian Government has announced its commitment to advance UHC through its health plans. The pathways for achieving that objective are not clearly identified and debates continue on the role of the private sector and insurance. This lecture will review the state of India's health and discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie on the road to UHC.

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