National Health



March 23, 2019

New Delhi, INDIA

Welcome to National Health Conclave 2019

Health care has emerged as one of the most challenging sectors as well as one of the largest service sector industries in India. India is working aggressively to achieve the goal of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all its citizens in general and those below poverty line (BPL) in particular. With host of government health insurance schemes in offing, it is estimated that about 50% population was covered with some definite amount of health cover. Governments at central and state level are working hard to expand population base to cover majority of population, yet it remains a challenge. While government share in healthcare spending remains around 1.2% of GDP, it is encouraging to note that private sector was pitching in with healthy 3.8% of GDP as investment in healthcare.

Live performace by Grammy Award Winner

Ricky Kej


09:30 AM
09:30 AM - 09:35 AM

Welcome Address

Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran – Deputy Director, CEH, PHFI

09:35 AM
9:35 AM – 10:00 AM


Opening Remarks: Prof. K. Srinath Reddy (President, PHFI) and Dr. Alexander Thomas (President, AHPI)
Address from WHO Headquarters: Dr. SoumyaSwaminathan (Chief Scientist, WHO)
Theme Address: Mr. Gary Cohen (President and Co-Founder, Healthcare Without Harm)

10:00 AM
10:00 AM – 11:10 AM

Session 1: Climate Change in India – Impact on Health and Socio-Economic Outcomes

Pacesetter Dr. Girdhar J. Gyani (Director General, AHPI)
Moderator: Dr. HenkBekedam (WHO Representative to India) – TBC
Panelists: Dr. Aakash Shrivastava (NCDC), Dr. K.J. Ramesh (IMD), Dr. Vikas Desai (Urban Health and Climate Resilience Centre of Excellence), Dr. Arvind Gupta (Vivekananda International Foundation)

11:10 AM
11:10 AM – 11:30 AM


11:30 AM
11:30 AM – 12:40 PM

Session 2: Air Pollution and Health – Current Scenario, Linkages and Co-Benefits of Addressing Air Pollution along with Climate Change

Pacesetter: Prof. D. Prabhakaran (Vice President – Research and Policy, PHFI)
Moderator: Prof. RandeepGuleria (Director, AIIMS)
Lead Discussant: Dr. Ken Lee (Executive Director – India, The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) India)
Panelists: Dr. Gufran Beig (IITM), Dr. D.J. Christopher (CMC Vellore), Dr. Arvind Kumar(Lung Care Foundation), Dr. Tarun Gupta (IIT Kanpur), Dr. H. Paramesh (IISc Bangalore)

12:40 PM
12:40 PM – 01:40 PM


01:40 PM
01:40 PM – 03:00 PM

Session 3: Role of the Health Sector in Climate Change – Contribution to GHG Emissions

Pacesetter: Dr. Harish Hande (CEO, SELCO Foundation)
Moderator: Dr. Lipika Nanda (Vice President, Multisectoral Planning in Health, PHFI)
Panelists: Dr. Jacob Jesurun (Believers Church Medical College Hospital), Mr. Sanjay Kumar (Indian Railways), Dr. Muzaffar Ahmad (former NDMA), Dr. Mohammed Parvez Khan (KGMU Lucknow), Dr. SanghamitraPati (Director, ICMR – Regional Medical Research Centre

03:00 PM
03:00 PM – 4:10 PM

Session 4: Inter-sectoral Approach to Mitigation – Perspectives from policymakers, academics, providers and industry

Pacesetter: Mr. Kamal Kishore (Member, NDMA)
Moderator: Ms. Lesley Onyon (Regional Advisor, WHO SEARO)
Panelists: Ms. Aarti Khosla (Climate Trends), Dr. Valentin Foltescu (UNEP), Ms. MathsyKutty (Infosys), Dr. UmamaheshwaranRajasekar (NIUA), Dr. Sudha Ramalingam (PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research)

04:10 PM
04:10 PM –4:30 PM

Open Session

Discussion with Delegates

04:30 PM
04:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Valedictory Session

Summary Remarks: Prof. D. Prabhakaran (Vice President – Research and Policy, PHFI) and Dr. Alexander Thomas (President, AHPI)
Release of the Souvenir and Closing Address: Dr. Vinod K. Paul (Member, NITI Aayog)
Vote of Thanks: Dr. V.C. Shanmuganandan (Joint Director, AHPI)

06:00 PM
06:00 PM – 06:15 PM

Musical Concert


06:15 PM
06:15 PM – 06:30 PM

Guest of Honour Address

06:30 PM
06:30 PM – 08:00 PM

Live Music Concert on Climate Change and the Environment

Grammy Award-Winning Singer, Music Composer, and Producer – Mr. Ricky Kej and his team

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Our Partners

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

Association of National Board Accredited Institutions

Association of Indian Medical Device Industry

Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organizations

Healthcare Sector Skill Council

Indian Academy of Pediatrics

Indian Chest Society

National Institute of Advance Studies

SELCO Foundation

Sustainable Energy Foundation

Our Media Partners

India Med Today

Speciality Medical Dialogues

Delhi Post

Express Healthcare

Event Venue

Manekshaw Centre Auditorium

Khyber Lines, Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi, Delhi 110010

Contact Us

Public Health Foundation of India

6th Floor, Plot 47, Sector 44, Gurugram, Haryana - 122002

Organishing Chairman
Prof. K.Srinath Reddy, President PHFI

Organizing Secretary
Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran
Phone: 0124-4781400 Ext - 4733, 9810611752
Email: poornima.prabhakaran@phfi.org


2nd Floor, IMA House, Indraprasath Marg, New Delhi - 110002

Organising Chairman
Dr. Alexander Thomas, President AHPI
Phone: 080-23539000 / 9731481101
Email: alexthomas.ahpi@gmail.com

Organizing Secretary
Dr. VC Shanmuganandan
Email: drvcsnandan@gmail.com