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Political Determinants of Health System Improvements – Comparative Perspectives

July 19 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

The webinar is a joint event by Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System,  King’s India Institute, King’s College London and Centre for Social and Economic Progress in the form of a panel discussion on the political determinants of health prioritization. The panel will explore cross national variations in levels of public health investment and political prioritization of health system improvements. It will explore how and when cross-class coalitions have developed to push for stronger public health infrastructure, including in countries with large middle class reliance on private health. With insights from those who have been involved in the reforms or have studied the motivations for reforms, this panel discussion will bring together global comparative insights into when, why and with what consequences political leaders have invested more in health. It will conclude by reflecting on possible lessons for India. As a Citizens’ Commission, we invite the public to participate in the discussion, provide input and engage with the panelists.


Political pathways to health prioritization- global experience:

  • José Antonio Gonzalez Anaya, Former Minister of Finance, Mexico
  • Rifat Atun, Professor of Global Health Systems, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • Viroj Tangcharoensathien, Senior Advisor, International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

Lessons for India:

  • Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research, India
  • Nachiket Mor, Visiting Scientist at The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health



  • Sandhya Venkateswaran, Sr Consultant, Centre for Social and Economic Progress
  • Louise Tillin, Director, King’s India Institute


The Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System is an ambitious, cross-sectoral endeavor that aims to lay out a citizens’ roadmap to achieving universal health coverage for the people of India. Our new webinar series is intended to serve as a platform for public health discourse in India, and a means for academics, practitioners and the public to engage on substantive and timely issues regarding universal health coverage in India.


King’s India Institute, King’s College London is a world-leading centre for multi-disciplinary research, teaching and public engagement on contemporary India.


The Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP) is a New Delhi-based public policy institution that conducts in-depth, policy relevant research and provides evidence-based recommendations to the challenges facing India and the world.


July 19
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Public Events, School-wide Events, University-wide Events
Event type(s):
Virtual Events