Fellows’ collective meeting on 17th and 18th October 2015


Prasanna Saligram visited Bhopal on 17th and 18th October 2015. On 17th October, Prasanna Saligram had a team meeting with the Central for Public Health and Equity (CPHE) Bhopal team members. The following day, Prasanna participated in the meeting of Fellows’ collective.

Fellows’ collective meeting was held on 18th October 2015, and was attended by 15 fellows and the team members. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Ravi D’ Souza of the Central for Public Health and Equity (CPHE), Bhopal. To begin with, a stock taking session was held in which the progress of the fellows’ collective was discussed. This was followed by a discussion on the various possibilities of taking the fellows’ collective’s proposal on nutrition forward. It was decided that instead of starting with the initially thought-of 210 villages and urban slums across Madhya Pradesh, the initiative could be started in a smaller way. The fellows have also been taking some initiatives in the communities on their own (beyond what their job calls for). It was decided that the fellows would write-up on such initiatives with photographs. There was also a request from the Fellows’ Collective to Prasanna Saligram and Dr. Ravi D’ Souza to share with the collective the latest happenings on the health front.

Prasanna also shared with the collective the ongoing processes of mobilisation for the public hearings to be held jointly by Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Prasanna also shared the discussion he had with Amulya from Madhya Pradesh (MP) JSA regarding the participation of SOCHARA team and fellows in the processes. A decision was taken about using the Fellows’ collective meetings also as a platform for further learning. It was decided that the next fellows’ collective meeting would be held in Sehore on 21st and 22nd November. Juned Kamal, an alumni fellow, who is now the District Project Manager of Sehore District, National Health Mission, Madhya Pradesh,  offered to host the meeting in Sehore and as part of further learning, the topic of discussion would be on ‘District Health Society’ which Juned would facilitate.