On Friday, 9 August, FIT teamed up with The Quint and Global Health Strategies to mainstream conversations on health and healthcare called Why Health Matters where we dissected the interlinages within health, and its connections with gender, nutrition and global warming.
From Alt News co-founder Pratik Sinha who spoke on the media’s role to bring health to the front page to Insia Dariwala, filmaker and activist from Sahiyo, who spoke about female gential mutilation and the lack of healthcare awareness and access to women, the day was filled with inspiring conversations and quotable quotes from media personalities, medical experts and more.
Nutrition: It Starts From Here
For our first panel, we wanted to speak about one of the fundamental aspects of health: what we eat.
Far from a simple conversation, our panelists spoke on the need of preventing and reducing undernutrition across the life cycle.
#WhyHealthMatters @neerjachowdhury sets the stage for Nutrition and health. @ShamikaRavi Dr Shariqua Yunus, Dr Arundhati Muralidharan from @WaterAidIndia and Dr Ashwini Setya. Loving the women majority panel by the way! @TheQuint @GHS pic.twitter.com/qhu7AK3p0a— vaishali sood (@vaishalisood) August 9, 2019
"Now that we have attained food security, perhaps it is time to go back to nutrition. But the market forces are stacked against it" @ShamikaRavi, Member, Economic Advisory Council to The Prime Minister, speaking on nutrition policies #WhyHealthMatters @TheQuint @GHS— Quint Fit (@QuintFit) August 9, 2019
@arundati_md of @WaterAidIndia unpacks the importance of a holistic approach to nutrition- from gender, area, hygiene, access and more at the #WhyHealthMatters panel. @QuintFit @TheQuint @GHS pic.twitter.com/XrJjC2AdoX— Devina Buckshee (@DevinaB21) August 9, 2019
(L to R) @neerjachowdhury @ShamikaRavi Dr Sharika Yunus— Global Health Strategies (@GHS) August 9, 2019
Dr Arundhati Muralidharan & Dr Ashwini Setya, discussing interlinkages between health, nutrition and WASH #WhyHealthMatters @WFP_AsiaPacific @WFP_Media @WaterAidIndia @MaxHealthcare @BrookingsIndia @TheQuint @QuintFit pic.twitter.com/BVppBNWBAm
Dr. Ashwini Setya: "We say you are what you eat. But it's actually you are what YOUR MOTHER ate. A malnourished mother may not be able to provide adequate nutrition to the child" #WhyHealthMatters @TheQuint @GHS— Quint Fit (@QuintFit) August 9, 2019
We need to make a push towards healthcare for women beyond the reproductive phase, @ShamikaRavi tells @TheQuint @QuintFit on absence of 49% women from AIIMS OPD— Anthony S Rozario (@anthonyrozerio) August 9, 2019
#WhyHealthMatters . pic.twitter.com/3G5JOhayXI
Surviving Environmental Change: Risks to Health
For our second session, we spoke about one of the top-most burning issues of our time: global warming. How does it affect healthcare? Did you know climate change dissproprtionaltey affects women?
Our pannelists explain.
Our aptly-named panel surviving the environmental change:risks to health features @GauravGogoiAsm, Prof Ramanan Laxminarayan of @CDDEP, @bahardutt and @Neurophysik of @AltNews for our #WhyHealthMatters panel @TheQuint @GHS pic.twitter.com/o7gfQI8Le2— Quint Fit (@QuintFit) August 9, 2019
Conservationist and environmental journalist @bahardutt shows the crowd evocative images of climate change across India. “Do only the people of Delhi have lungs? What about other areas?” #WhyHealthMatters @TheQuint @GHS pic.twitter.com/2EXYkwIJjn— Quint Fit (@QuintFit) August 9, 2019
Not Without Women: Vision for India’s Women and Girls to Drive Progress and Change
Healthcare, like most aspects of society, is deeply gendered, and so it is vital to discuss healthcare and gender together.
If we’re talking health, it can’t be without women! Here’s @kapur_ritu with @insia_dariwala, co-founder of @sahiyovoices, Dr Nozer Sheriar, @anubhabhonsle and Anjali Nayyar on their vision for healthcare for women. @TheQuint @GHS #WhyHealthMattershttps://t.co/UZGHLycvHB pic.twitter.com/Ag5I2j9les— Quint Fit (@QuintFit) August 9, 2019
"Most abortions are unsafe. So many women die": Anjali Nayyar, Executive Vice President, @GHS— Divyani Rattanpal (@Divyanie) August 9, 2019
Extremely important insights being shared at our Gender and Health panel.
Catch our health summit LIVE on @YouTubeIndia here: https://t.co/IwKUhr15FP@QuintFit @TheQuint
“Gender involves everybody. It can’t be women-only but woman-focused,” @anubhabhonsle speaks powerfully on changing the lens by which we look at gender. #WhyHealthMatters @TheQuint @GHS— Quint Fit (@QuintFit) August 9, 2019
Watch here: https://t.co/UZGHLycvHB
"In countries like India, a woman often has to consult her husband, or her mother-in-law for decisions related to pregnancy":@anubhabhonsle on how autonomy of the body is not ABSOLUTE in India for a woman. @TheQuint @GHS @QuintFit— Divyani Rattanpal (@Divyanie) August 9, 2019
Catch our panel here: https://t.co/IwKUhr15FP
Media as a Change Agent: Widening the Lens
Our day focussed on health, but how do we get these issues to the public? How do we underscore the importance of healthcare and bring more people into the fold?
Our final panel of the day! Media as Change Agent. Time to put health at the front and centre of reportage! @nandita_suneja @free_thinker @sanchx @kapur_ritu #WhyHealthMatters @TheQuint @QuintFit @GHS pic.twitter.com/PlXrso4RWR— vaishali sood (@vaishalisood) August 9, 2019
"Most media is grappling with shrinking revenue. And when revenue shrinks, you tend to move away from gender and health."@kapur_ritu talks about the need for better decision makers in newsrooms. @TheQuint @GHS— Quint Fit (@QuintFit) August 9, 2019
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"Health was earlier seen as a soft beat. And it was mostly seen as a beat for women:"@sanchx, Health and Science Editor, on how health reporting was not considered seriously a decade back @TheQuint@GHS— Quint Fit (@QuintFit) August 9, 2019
Catch our#WhyHealthMatters summit here https://t.co/UZGHLycvHB pic.twitter.com/gNAs5fHoBz
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