The New India Foundation’s annual lecture in its thirteenth year will be held at 6:30 pm on 9th August 2019, at the Bangalore International Centre and will be delivered by Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at the World Health Organisation. At this public lecture, Dr. Swaminathan will speak on the topic ‘The road to Universal Healthcare (UHC): R&D, Innovation & Access’.
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan was most recently WHO's Deputy Director-General for Programmes. A paediatrician from India and globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has worked throughout her career to translate research into impactful programmes.
During the talk, Dr. Swaminathan will touch upon the history of R&D in India, the change in the patent laws, the start-up culture, government and private investment in research and what is needed to fix the ecosystem for innovation to flourish, how to strengthen the pathway to scale up of innovations. She will also focus on the health sphere and therefore its link to Universal Health Care.
The NIF Annual Lecture is being renamed starting this year to the ‘Girish Karnad Memorial Lecture’ in honour of the late multi-lingual scholar and playwright. NIF feels that Girish's work has touched many areas of intellectual and cultural life; he bridged North and South, the folk and classical, the demotic and the scholarly.