Past Event

Matters of inclusivity in design and governance of digital health in India

16 December 2021 5:30–6:30

11:00 (Indian Standard time). 05:30 (UK time).

This session opens up a conversation between state, tech and civil society actors in the context of the rapid increase in application of digital health solutions in India’s mixed health system, and the challenges of ensuring inclusivity.

This consultation will ask what it means to take a ‘leaving no one behind’ approach in practice, when non-state and public actors come together to innovate digital solutions in response to collective health challenges in real time.

Digital health pioneers will talk about their response to the Covid-19 pandemic, how they adapted & targeted their services to the demands of the pandemic, and (if they) conceived of inclusivity in the design and adaptation of their platforms. What opportunities for expanded inclusivity do they see on the horizon and how different sectors can work together to ensure digital health innovation strengthens the development of inclusive health systems in India.


  • Sujata Saunik, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of General Administration, Government of Maharashtra
  • Shipra Dawar, Founder and CEO, ePsyclinic and Co-founder, IWill
  • Sanjiv Chhabria, Volunteer, Project StepOne
  • Sarthak Gaurav, Assistant Professor, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay


  • Gerald Bloom, Institute of Development Studies, UK
  • Priya Balasubramaniam, Public Health Foundation of India, Centre for Sustainable Health Innovations

About the event

This event is part of the Digital Dialogue Series on Mixed Health Systems organized by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

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Key contacts

Tom Barker

Senior Health & Nutrition Convenor

+44 (0)1273 915717


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