Last week I was invited as speaker in my capacity of patient advocate and to represent India & LMICs Cancer patients at Economist Impact’s third annual ‘Future of Healthcare Week Asia’ in Singapore.
I was also invited by WhatsApp and Economist Impact on ‘invitation only’ roundtable discussion. It was great opportunity to discuss openly under The Chatman House Rule.
My topic was “DEI in the DNA: improving diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare” and I strongly believe this is the urgent unmet need. Everyone has equal right to life and quality & timely healthcare access. Every life is equally important, life a mother of someone suffering with a disease in US or Singapore or India or Africa is equally important for their kids and warrant same accessibility, affordability and equity.
It was so great to be part of panel discussion along with amazing Jennifer Buckley (Founder and managing Director, Sweef Capital) and Deborah Seifert (Country Manager and DEI leader, Pfizer)
It was so great to meet “Clair Deevy” Global director of social impact of WhatsApp and discuss in detail regarding features to patient support groups over whatsapp vs other social media platforms.
The ‘Future of Healthcare Week Asia’ event was attended by 4,000+ to examine the vulnerabilities and opportunities that the recent crisis has catalysed. Over 3 days, policymakers, healthcare providers, academics and scientists shared practical learnings with representatives from industry, patient associations, charities and finance.
Health Ministry officials from 8 countries has also attended this event, and I got opportunity to 1:1 few of these key policy makers, leaders of WHO, world bank, IHH healthcare, USAID (US govt) etc.
For Humanity, For Love, For Hope, For Kusum,