– By Swadeep Srivastava, Serial Health Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Founder – HEAL Foundation

The journey which started with setting up the 1st Health Writers Workshop of about an odd 20 leading Health Writers way back in 2005 in a small hotel of Goa, has now traveled through successfully across the country in these fruitful & engaging 13 years. We @ HEAL (Health Essayists & Authors League) are proud to share that till now we have accomplished conducting more than a hundred Workshops (HWW) & 5 National Conventions, we are now ready to announce our 6th Convention to be held in mid- December (post state assembly elections) in the national capital city- Delhi, which makes our Program, the largest ‘Health Writers Capacity Building & Training Program’ running in India till date.

Over the years, our Workshops & Conventions have become more meaningful & engaging with each passing year. We remember when we started at a small note by doing 2 consecutive national meets in Delhi at a smaller scale, then ventured to organise one of our largest Conventions in Ambey Valley which also became one of our most meaningful & memorable Convetion, followed by another successful one in Goa.

The one last year was our 5th National Convention in the nizam’s city Hyderabad in collaboration with the Telangana govt., when we also organised the Health Writers visit to the R&D centre of Medtronics, a leader in Medical Devices globally & that was a good hands on exposure for the Writers, so many in nos. visiting & experiencing the world class R&D on innovative med devices. Our integral sessions on ‘Interpreting International Studies & presenting them in Indian perspective’ has always been a big draw & a very meaningful one throughout many workshops & conventions.

So with this 6th National Convention, we aspire to bring across much more meaningful sessions around ‘Bringing back TRUST in Dr-Patient Relationship’, demystifying the tussle of the healthcare industry (Devices & Pharma) with the Govt., various stake-holders coming at crossroads & who & why is the real sufferer/ looser in such situations, been elaborated directly from the top most credible experts & patient rights champions. We also have been able to put across a ‘scholarship program’ for deserving Health Writers in association with Indian Institute of Mass Communications (IIMC) & other such bodies, which we would roll out on a sustainable basis going forward.

We expect about 60-80 serious Health Writers & Bloggers including Health Editors to come together on this mega platform in mid December & learn from/ interact with most academic & credible Drs & Experts from top Institutes, Hospitals, Corporates & Govt. Bodies. Last year in the 5th Convention we had very credible representation from National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad & FSSAI, New Delhi. This year too we shall have many more Experts & Specialists from the field of Public Health, Nutrition, Medical Specialties, Med Technology & other Healthcare domains come forward & interact, share their experiences & give their best perspective on various health & medical issues of public interest.

With the launch of the ambitious Ayushman Bharat/ PM-JAY Program by our Govt. & its roll out in more than 400 Districts, ‘healthcare’ in India is at the centre stage for the whole world now. But it has also created a lot of speculations & confusion about the true impact & the methodology of running of this program. We shall also have an invigorating session on this hot issue covering all aspects of this ambitious health program, touted as the largest one in the world, through experts, the Office Bearers (horse’s mouth) as well as the Critics.

Most importantly, having traversed this meaningful journey so far, we @ HEAL also aspire to announce our 1st International Convention (to be held in Asia Pacific region in 2019) & Register the serious & meaningful Health Writers & Bloggers in advance at this forum.

It will be a great platform for the Healthcare Industry folks to engage with this Influencer Community of Health Writers, Bloggers & Editors at one platform in an engaging environment of 2 nights 3 days at one location. It will be an apt opportunity to educate them, sensitize them on your worthwhile concepts around the Products & categories and make them understand & get involved with the ‘healthcare issues’ which matters to the Consumers/ Customers & the Readers, existing & would-be “Patients & Care Givers”.

This journey of ours is incomplete without active participation of all useful stake-holders in the ‘healthcare domain’, be it the Key Opinion Leaders & the Writers & Bloggers from across section of the Media, Med Tech Pioneers, the healthcare delivery service providers or the Start-ups & Innovators who have a hunger to make a difference to the lives of the ‘Patients’ & the Care Givers & the healthcare ecosystem as a whole.

We look forward to align with more such like minded Contributors & keep playing our role of bringing in more meaningful ‘healthcare education’, more impactful targeted ‘health awareness’ & contribute to uplifting of the healthcare standards of our country, as much as we can. One can write us at contact@healfoundation.in & know more about us at www.healfoundation.in.