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Extended: Deadline for submission of abstracts extended to 21st August 2017, 11 am. Call for Abstracts for National Conference on Health Insurance and Universal Health Care (UHC) in India, 13th and 14th of October, 2017, Mumbai

Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT) and School of Health Systems Studies (SHSS), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), invites abstracts for its national conference scheduled at the Mumbai campus of TISS.


A key objective of the National Health Policy 2017 is to align the private sector towards public health goals. Its main strategy is to ensure free comprehensive primary care provision by the public sector, supplemented by strategic purchase of secondary care hospitalization and tertiary care services from both public and non-government sector to fill critical gaps. The key mechanism of strategic purchasing is insurance schemes. Thus in the larger context of ensuring Universal Health Coverage, government funded health insurance schemes seek to play a very large role. Services would be strategically purchased from public as well as private sector to improve health outcomes, reduce out of pocket payments and minimize moral hazards for the purpose of scaling up the schemes and made more effective. The policy provides for preferential treatment to collaborating private hospitals/institutes for CGHS empanelment and in proposed strategic purchase by Government. However, we need to ask critical questions such as: What have been the various bottlenecks, successes and failures of the existing national and state level insurance schemes? What are the lessons learnt so far for these to be scaled up? What have been the experiences of the users? What has been the experience of for-profit private health sector? What are the pros and cons for adopting the insurance approach to realise the goal of Universal Health Care? What are the crucial gaps that need to be addressed for health systems strengthening for UHC and how?

Themes for the conference:

1. Critically evaluate the role of government funded health insurance schemes. What has been the experience of the public and private sectors vis-a-vis the insurance schemes?

2. Evidence based learning from the various National level and State level insurance schemes and their role in improving health outcomes, health equity, reducing out of pocket payments and moral hazards to improve scalability and efficiency.

3. Role of State in Health Systems Strengthening for UHC: Infrastructure, human resource, regulations, standardization, quality assurance, etc.

Abstracts on the above themes can be sent by research scholars, academicians, independent researchers and practitioners engaged in research on health insurance and allied fields of public health in India through e-mail at All abstracts received will be reviewed by a joint Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of CEHAT and TISS. Shortlisted abstracts will be sent comments by the TAC, with a request to review for presentation in the conference. A report of the proceedings will be published. All costs of travel and accommodation have to be borne by the participants. An anthology is also under consideration for those papers which will be presented at the conference. The decision of the TAC will be final.

Please Note:

1.  For style of submission and other queries please visit: or write to Dr. Mithun Kherde at

2. Abstracts will be received till 11 pm on 15th August 2017. Please also send a summary of your CV (not more than 500 words) with the abstract.

3. Comments by TAC will be communicated only for selected abstracts by 31st August 2017. Completed papers need to be sent by the 30th September 2017.



The One Stop Scheme by the Ministry of Women and Child Development has presented the opportunity to influence the current crisis intervention services. Through this scheme, crisis intervention centres called One Stop Centres have been established or are underway in various states across the country with the objective to provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces and to facilitate immediate, emergency and non-emergency access to a range of services including medical, legal, psychological and counseling support under one roof to fight against any forms of violence against women. For effective implementation of these OSC, counselors must work in coordination with the hospital within which or near which they are located. Violence against women has been recognized as a health issue under the National Health Policy, 2017. The link between violence and health has been acknowledged along with the recognition to create services to respond to survivors. In 2005, The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, was developed to offer civil remedies and reliefs to women facing violence. In 2012, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act was introduced. Both these laws have brought in the role of support persons and Protection Officers, generating a growing reliance on counselling services. It is imperative that counselors be trained to respond to different forms of VAW and children and be equipped with the perspective and skills in responding to VAW.

CEHAT has been instrumental in developing an evidence-based model to respond to VAW and children. In 2014, the MOHFW laid down the guidelines and protocols for medico-legal care for survivors of sexual assault including psychosocial support. CEHAT had the opportunity to present its evidence based work of having established Dilaasa, a hospital based crisis centre in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. This evidence-based model has also featured in the leading international medical journal Lancet.

CEHAT is pleased to announce its National Course on counselling survivors of violence. The course is aimed at building a critical feminist perspective on the issue of violence against women and children and enhancing skills of the participants in responding to survivors of violence.

Feminist counselling has been accepted as one of the most effective counselling method for women living in abusive relationships as it questions power and inequality within the relationship. It encourages women to understand what they are experiencing in context of inequalities that arise out of larger oppressive structures. This form of counselling is gender-sensitive and has been used effectively while engaging with various vulnerable groups including transgenders and boys.


  • To understand violence against women and children as a public health issue
  • To identify the social and cultural determinants of VAW
  • To be equipped with skills to provide psychosocial support to different age groups of women and children
  • To be equipped to respond to special groups (children, intersex, sex workers, persons with disability)
  •  Learn the principles and values of feminist counselling and their application while engaging with survivors
  • To ensure self care and prevention of burnout

We invite states to depute counselors appointed at One Stop Centres so that they are equipped with the perspective on violence against women and children and are prepared to respond to survivors sensitively using a survivor-centric approach. Hospital-based counselors (RMNCH+A, ICTC, etc.), social workers, psychologists and lawyers are encouraged to participate.

Applicants must have at least 2 years of work experience in counselling in the area of VAW, with a working knowledge of English and Hindi.

We have limited seats for 30 participants. Kindly register for the course along with your resume. You will be intimated regarding confirmation. CEHAT will bear the cost of accommodation during the course. Participants are requested to bear the cost of travel.

Deadline for the submission of application: 21st July 2017

Venue: YMCA International (Young Men's Christian Association), Mumbai Central, Mumbai

Medium of instruction: English and Hindi

Campaign Week Activities towards Elimination of Violence Against Women

Culminating in the celebration of Human Rights Day, the fortnight from 25th November-10th December 2016 is observed worldwide as a campaign to end VAW.  

Press Note “Government funded health insurance scheme in Maharashtra: Study of Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Aarogya Yojana”

Upcoming National Conference on Health Insurance in India - 2017

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Cehat Calender - 2017

This year's calendar is aimed at creating awareness about gender in medical education.