Webinar with Edward Premdas Pinto
Expert Forum with Walter Flores
Many health systems in low, middle and high-income countries are highly hierarchical and have little interest in promoting empowerment of people for them to demand accountability and in increasing active participation in decision-making. Similarly, many accountability practices are expert led and are tool based and engage little with the communities. This particularly affects marginalized populations (by race, religion, gender, sexual preference, ethnicity, etc.) that suffer exclusion not only from health services but also from other public services. COPASAH – Community of Practitioners in Accountability and Social Action in Health – is a platform that hosts a community of accountability practitioners and advocates for citizen led and community centric accountability practice where the community is the center. The emphasis is on the process rather than on tools and outcomes.
In this occasion, we invite you to participate to the two learning and exchange activities that the GPSA Knowledge Platform is hosting in collaboration with COPASAH.
November 19, 2014, 10:00 – 11:30 am EST
In this webinar, our guest expert, Edward Premdas Pinto, Director of Research and Advocacy, Centre for Health and Social Justice, Delhi, India, and COPASAH South Asia Coordinator, will share the perspective of COPASAH with a case-study from India.
The plarform used for the Knowledge Platform’s webinars, does not require prior registration. However, participants will need to be registered and logged in to the platform in order to have access to the webinar.
The link to the webinar will be provided here 1 hour before the webinar. Please make sure to sign in at least 10 minutes before.
From November 20, 2014 to December 3, 2014
In this forum discussion, our guest expert, Walter Flores, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Equity in Governance in Health Systems (CEGGS), Guatemala, and COPASAH Global Coordinator, will follow up the webinar and promote a discussion about key issues regarding social accountability in health with a human rights perspective.
The Expert Forum thread will be opened on November 20, 2014 and will be available here.
About the Guest Experts:
Edward Premdas Pinto is a Human Rights advocate and Public Health practitioner and scholar, actively engaged in processes and social justice issues of the communities of Dalit Women, rural unorganized laborers and other disadvantaged communities for the last 22 years in India. As Advocacy and Research Director at CHSJ, he is facilitating the thematic area of Community Action for Health Rights with a special focus on processes of community monitoring and accountability (www.chsj.org). He has been an active member of People’s Health Movement (Jan Swasthya Abhiyan) in India. He is a doctoral research scholar in public health and law from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (India). He is the South Asia Coordinator of COPASAH – Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health.
Walter Flores, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Equity in Governance in Health Systems (CEGGS), Guatemala has over 18 years of professional experience working as a researcher, international consultant, graduate professor and project manager in the areas of health systems, the right to health and participation. His professional work has been carried out in more than 19 countries in Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Europe. He has a B.A. in Social Psychology from California State University (USA), Master of Community Health at the School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool, England and a doctorate (PhD) in Development and Health Systems Evaluation from the same school.