Dr Ruma Bhargava is a public health and social impact professional with over 14 years of experience working in policy, advocacy, research and implementation. A Chevening fellow from the University of Oxford, she currently leads the Health Care Vertical of the India Centre of the World Economic Forum.
She has worked with the International Red Cross defining policies for COVID relief across the Asia Pacific and earlier with the Govt of India to conceptualize strategies for India’s Universal Immunization Programme reaching 26 million children and 30 million pregnant women annually. Dr Rum also heads Samarpann, an NGO working in 70 schools with 13,500 children in rural and tribal India ensuring their health, education and livelihood. She regularly consults with multiple stakeholders – UN, Govt and Civil Society in domains of Health Systems Strengthening, Maternal and Child Health, Communicable and Non-Communicable diseases and digital health
She holds an MBA from NTU Singapore, and Masters in Public Health and Bachelors in Dental Surgery from Manipal University.
51% of young professionals aged 22 to 27 sought assistance for mental health issues within the past year. To act on this problem, we need to understand it.
Cada año se pierden unos 12 000 millones de días de trabajo a causa de la depresión y la ansiedad. Las organizaciones pueden ayudar a gestionar la salud mental en el lugar de trabajo.
Roughly 12 billion working days are lost every year to depression and anxiety. Here's how organizations can help to manage mental health in the workplace.
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Tuberculosis is causing a public health crisis and a health security threat, but AI is now being used to detect tuberculosis and could help combat it.
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Health information systems are designed to manage healthcare data to improve outcomes. A new project is helping countries in their digital transformation journeys.
COVID-19 highlighted how the public and private sectors could collaborate on diagnostics, technology and treatments to improve healthcare in India.
The doctor-patient relationship is the key to realizing the overall ambition of health for all in India with patient-centric approaches to increase trust.
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National policies and the international collaboration must foster innovation – while not infringing on technological access for downstream innovations and vaccine accessibility.