Occupational Health and Safety Centre, Mumbai

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Occupational Health and Safety Centre, Mumbai

Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
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Pralhad is helping India's industrial workers attain the health care services guaranteed to them by law. By teaching workers about their rights, organizing them into watchdog committees, uniting them with related organizations, and lobbying for reform, Pralhad is fixing a corrupt and ineffective public health insurance system.

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Enacted in 1948, the Employee's State Insurance Scheme (ESIS) is a form of contributory health and accident insurance. Pralhad is revamping the ESIS health care system to make it more regulated, effective, and quality-driven. Through a national campaign, Pralhad is drawing together the two groups with the greatest potential to bring about reform: industrial workers who are the beneficiaries of this scheme and citizen sector organizations. He is also linking a wide range of citizen organizations to lobby for reform and to develop effective means of collaborating despite the lack of government support. One of the most radical aspects of Pralhad's work is his plan to directly involve ESIS-insured workers by organizing them into watchdog committees that monitor implementation and follow-up of specific health care services. Other measures for improving the system include creating groups of doctors who are committed to providing quality care and lobbying for legal reforms that will enable workers to demand adequate treatment. Pralhad's idea has immense potential since the scheme can be expanded to cover workers in India's large and growing informal sector as well.