Sanjoy Hazarika, Managing Trustee, C-NES has been appointed a member of the National Steering Committee on Health, under the auspices of the Planning Commission, Government of India. This follows the completion of six years of the successful Boat Clinics initiative in Assam that has won national and international recognition and which he has designed and led, for the island populations of trhe Brahmaputra in Assam. The effort has reached over 5 lakh persons in 13 districts, with 15 boat clinics and a staff that has grown from five in 2005 to 240 today.
Dr. Sayeda Hameed, member, Planning Commission, is the Chairperson of the Steering Committee.The other members include human rights activist Binayak Sen, Abhijit Das, Centre for Health and Social Justice; Shiraz Prabhu, social activist; Shejo Bose, Janani; Lalitha George, Tribal health Initiative; Sangeetha Reddy; Devi Shetty; Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India; and K.S. Jacob, Christian Medical College.
Serving and former senior bureaucrats of the Centre, former and serving advisers to the Planning Commission, Principal Secretaries of States, representatives of the Indian Medical Association, the Confederation on Indian Industry, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, have been put on the Committee. Dileep Mavlankar of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, will advise the Committee on governance.