Healthcare Advocacy

Karuna Trust (KT) has been a pioneering organization in the area of primary health care in India. KT makes significant effort, through participation at conferences, seminars and committee discussions at district, state and national level, to share its knowledge and rich learning via its success stories and best practices. KT also strives to influence policy decisions to benefit marginalized communities through education of policy makers.

The Honorary Secretary of Karuna Trust, Dr. H. Sudarshan has been involved in public health, education and social welfare of marginalized tribal and rural communities for over 30 years. He also holds/has held positions on the following state and national bodies, which has also helped KT pursue its advocacy mission at both state and national levels.

Membership on State/National Bodies (present):

  • Ashoka Fellow, Ashoka Innovators for Public, USA
  • Member, ‘Independent Commission on Health in India’ (ICHI), VHAI, New Delhi
  • Member, National Commission on Population, Government of India
  • Member, Core Group on Health, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi
  • Adjunct Professor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
  • Member, Executive Committee, National Nutrition Mission, Government of India
  • Executive Committee Member, Janasankhya Sthiratha Kosh, Government of India
  • Chairman, Institute of Health Management & Research (IHMR), Bangalore
  • Member, Vision 2020, Government of Karnataka
  • Chairman, Study Group on Delivery of Health Services, Karnataka Knowledge Commission
  • Member, Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
  • Member, National ASHA Mentoring Group (AMG), NRHM
  • Member, Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (Vajpayee Arogyashree Health Insurance) & Chairman, Empanelment & Disciplinary Committee
  • Member, State Health System Resource Center (SHSRC), Government of Karnataka

Membership on State/National Bodies (past):

  1. President, Voluntary Health Association of Karnataka (VHAK)
  2. Joint Secretary; Vice President, Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI)
  3. Honorary Treasurer, Federation of Voluntary Organizations For Rural Development (FEVORD – K)
  4. Member, Executive Committee, National Literacy Mission (NLM)
  5. Senate Member, Bangalore University
  6. Member, Steering group of Planning Commission for SC, ST & BC and Member, Working Group for Health & Family Welfare, 9th Five Year Plan
  7. Member, Steering Committee on Health for 10th & 11th Five Year Plan
  8. Member, Technology Council, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), New Delhi
  9. Member, Central Selection Committee for National Youth Award
  10. Member, Executive Committee, National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, Government of India
  11. Member, State Wildlife Advisory Board, Karnataka Forest Department
  12. Member, Working Group 6 on “Macro-Economics & Health”, World Health Organization (WHO)
  13. Chairman, Task Force on Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka
  14. Member, Technical Advisory Group (TAG) & Grant-in-Aid Committee (GIAC), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
  15. Member, Executive Committee, Council for Advancement of People’s Action & Rural Technology (CAPART), and Member, National Standing Committee, Public Cooperation, Government of India
  16. Member, Task Force on Primary Education, Government of Karnataka
  17. Vigilance Director, Karnataka Lokayukta, (Health, Education & Social Welfare), Government of Karnataka
  18. Chairman, Task Force on Public Private Partnership (PPP), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Government of India