Member – Government Committees

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW)

Member, Mission Steering Group (MSG), National Health Mission (NHM) [2013-2018]

Sarojini N from Sama appointed for two terms as member of MSG, NHM to provide inputs on health policy, programmes.

Member, Central Supervisory Board, PC & PNDT Cell, MoHFW

Under Section 7 of the Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 (2017-2018).

Team Member, 9th and 10th Common Review Mission (CRM) of the National Health Mission (NHM), MoHFW [2015 and 2017]

Member of the Sub-Group on Vaccine Confidence by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) Secretariat, Standing Working Group on Immunization and Vaccine Research & Capacity Building (SWG-IVRCB), MoHFW [2019 – ]

To provide inputs based on the expertise and experience of Sama, in the field of health systems, social and behavioural research.

Member, Technical Committee for framing rules and regulations for The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016, Department of Health Research, MoHFW [2016]

Member, Expert Group, MoHFW – CDSCO (Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation) [2016]

To recommend provisions for payment of financial compensation in the cases of related injury or death during / following clinical trials.

Member, Task Force on Drugs, Devices and clinical trials for the 12 Five Year Plan, MoHFW

Committees of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Member of the Central Ethics Committee on Human Research, ICMR [2015-2017]

To advise on research of national relevance, policy matters, and ethical guidelines with regard to biomedical/ health research in India.

Member of the Subcommittee on Vulnerability [2015-2016]

To prepare revise ethical guidelines for biomedical research on human participants.

Member, Central Ethics Committee on Human Research, ICMR [2017]

To draft sections on ethics in research on women, tribal populations and on sexual minority groups.

Member of the Expert cum Monitoring Committee of the National Registry of ART Clinics and Banks in India, ICMR [2017]

To monitor registry of ART clinics and banks in India.

Member of the drafting group of a position paper on ‘Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR)’, ICMR [2019]

To guide treating physicians in taking decision whether or not to perform the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the background of incurable disease where the patient’s chances of survival are extremely low.

Committees of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

Member of the Committee of the Experts on “Impact of C0VID-I9 pandemic on human rights and future response” [JULY – NOVEMBER 2020]

To provide inputs into the consultations on human rights advisories for a range of persons / communities in the context of COVID 19; develop a Human Rights Advisory on for Rights of Women in the context of COVID 19.

Member of a Sub-Committee on CEDAW [2020-2021]

To examine whether the domestic laws, policy frameworks, and schemes, meet the requirements of the articles of CEDAW and make recommendations.

Country Assessment on Human Rights in the Context of Sexual Health and Reproductive Health Rights

A joint study by Sama and Partners for Law in Development (PLD) (2018), commissioned by NHRC.

From the Margins to the Centre – A Study on Tribal Health

A report based on the study conducted by Sama on the health inequities among the tribal communities in select districts of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha. The study, conducted between 2017 and 2018, was supported by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Invited Submissions and Inputs (Meetings)

Invited submission to the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee (DRSC) on Health and Family Welfare (2021)

Sama provided submission (written) on the subject “Vaccine Development, Distribution Management and Mitigation of Pandemic Covid-19”.

Invited submission on The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020

To the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare (2021).

Invited submission to the Select Committee (Rajya Sabha) on the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 [2019-2020]

Sama was invited by the Select Committee to share evidence (oral and written submissions) on The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2019.

Participation in the National Summit on Good and Replicable and in Public Health Care Systems by the National Health Mission (NHM) [2016]

To share and learn from innovative and best practices by the States in the context of implementation of public health programmes under NHM.

Invited by Union Ministry for Health & Family Welfare

For inputs on “Har Ghar Dastak Abhiyan” under National COVID-19 Vaccination Program (Meeting of 16th November 2021).

Invited by the National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC), MoHFW

To conduct an Assessment of the Family Planning Insurance Scheme (FPIS) in the states of Assam, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh (2011-2012).

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