The above shloka states that be the beginner of something different and unusual. This is currently appropriate as India is on its new journey of becoming 'Atmanirbhar' or self-reliant. India’s total spend in terms of healthcare cost and expenditure is a complete contrast when compared to the developed world. The country has the lowest per capita healthcare spend, total health care cost as a percentage of GDP and cost of health services in the world. Unsurprisingly, issues of access, affordability and capacity have been a pressing challenge since a long time for governments.
Providing access to quality healthcare to a population that is upwards of 1.2 billion is a huge challenge that the country has to deal with. The current pandemic has exposed a multiplicity of weaknesses of the healthcare ecosystem from lack of vaccination, a paucity of qualified doctors, hospital beds, healthcare professionals and reach. While there have been many debates to reform the healthcare sector these reforms must be engineered with prudence. This calls for a radical transformation of the healthcare ecosystem starting from research in medical education, technological intervention and healthcare delivery system.
For initiating this paradigm shift, a completely disruptive approach supported by able governance and regulatory reforms to make the country ‘atmanirbhar’ (self - reliant) is needed. This vision of having a completely revamped healthcare ecosystem will need collaboration between all the stakeholders of the sector, who must resolve to work together to achieve the self-sustainable, efficient and affordable healthcare for all.
MIT World Peace University (MIT-WPU) is the Flagship University of MAEER’s MIT Group of Institutions which was founded by the visionary educationist Rev. Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad in 1983. Today the group constitutes of 4 full-fledged universities and 70 other institutions which have over 60,000 students at any given point in time. The institutes are accredited by national agencies like the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and National Board of Accreditation (NBA). MIT-WPU through its flagship events such as Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad (BCS), National Women Parliament (NWP), National Teachers Congress (NTC) and many more are dedicated national forums to discuss and convey social issues to the relevant authorities and policy-makers.
Global conference on Medical Health, Education and Research is one such platform where the stakeholders will converge to discuss, deliberate, resolve and design measures to work in this direction. I invite one and all to join this process of resolutions and hear the experts and policy-makers speak their mind.
I invite you to be a part of this effort of transforming the healthcare ecosystem of the country.
Rahul V. Karad
Executive President, MIT-WPU