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NHA2 Booklet - New Technologies in Public Health

NHA2 Booklet - New Technologies in Public Health

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New Technologies in Public Health: Who pays and who benefits?
Prepared and published by The National Coordination Committee, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan for the 2nd National Health Assembly.
New Technologies in Public Health: Who pays and who benefits?
Prepared and published by The National Coordination Committee, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan for the 2nd National Health Assembly.

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New Technologies in Public Health –  Who pays and who benefits?
Prepared and Published by
 The National Coordination Committee
 Jan Swasthya Abhiyan
 
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New Technologies in Public Health
First Edition : January, 2007
Developed & Published by:
National Coordination Committee, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan
Acknowledgements
 This booklet consists of three sections, which are compiled by threemain contributionsSection I - Dr. Anant Phadke, SATHI-CEHATSection II - SAMA Resource Group for Women & HealthSection III - Dr. B.Ekbal (former Vice Chancellor of Kerala University) These contributions have been made possible because of thecontributions and the research of many institutions, organizations, andindividuals participating in the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s HealthMovement) in India
Illustrations, Layout & Design:
Dr. Abraham Thomas, Centre for Studies in Ethics and RightsSomu Victor (Kerala),Dr. Christopher (Mizoram), Adang (Nagaland), andDr. Bindu Aravind (Karnataka)
Printed at:Donation Price:
Rs. 25/-
Introduction
 This booklet discusses from the viewpoint of People’s Health Move-ment, some important examples of development and use of relatively recent health technologies.Part I of this booklet written by Dr. Anant Phadke of SATHI-CEHAT, Pune deals with the issues related to the use of three newer vaccines in the Public Health System in India - the hepatitis-B vaccine,the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) and the anti-rabies vaccine. The first twoexamples relate to overzealous, wrong use of the vaccines and the thirdexample tells us how the MNCs can, in pursuit of their profits, block theuse of a good technique.Part II of the booklet prepared by the Sama team in Delhi analyseshow the Assisted Reproductive Technology is promoted and used toserve the interests of the medico-industrial lobby and examines the various implications- social, medical , ethical; that this has on the livesof women.Part III of this booklet penned by Dr. B.Ekbal, the NationalConvenor of the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, deals with the tremendouspotential of the new Information Technology in health care and of genomics; but how social regulation of these technologies is so very important. These three parts appear independent of one another. But there isan underlying common thread - the People’s Health Movement is for thedevelopment and use of new health technologies for the benifit of common people. However, it is against technological innovations being used mainly towards profit making, as they then have the potential of becoming instruments of control and reduce people to being passiveconsumers. It is in this context that the above parts have been put together.

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