Updated: Aug 15
Dr Neha Sharma
Senior Principal Investigator
Lead Advisor Impact & Evaluation
International Expert & Advisor
World Health Organization,
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
Founder and Managing Director, Aarogyam UK
As Aarogyam UK widens and transforms numerous new disciplines in 2023, it is time for us to reflect on our work and take measure of where we stand: in ourselves, in our community, and in our efforts to contribute to the Whole-health and well-being of all.
Aarogyam UK was founded on February 4, 2020, pursuant to the rapid spread of COVID-19. The global emergency brought together policymakers, scientists, and health care professionals to generate evidence to better comprehend and assist communities during the COVID-19 lockdowns. I wonder if, at its formation, we could have foreseen the progress we would make in the field of personalized and integrated community health in only these past three years. However, I knew that if we had not made an effort to modify the course of the community interventions, I would be disappointed. It is evident that our diligent efforts had been more important than ever.
I am therefore pleased to reflect on the accomplishments and progress made by those committed to Aarogyam UK's mission over the past years. Our work is at the forefront of supported self-management, integrated care, clinical and community interventions, implementation research, equality in healthcare, ethical standards, systems analysis and change.
Each year, Aarogyam UK has a profound impact on countless lives, despite being largely hidden from view. Globally, including in the United Kingdom, there is a dearth of access to trauma-informed care and culturally sensitive interventions, which are the root causes of stigma, discrimination, and marginalization. These issues are characterized by inequitable distribution of resources, inequality, morbidity, and mortality. In our work, strategies to resolve these challenges will become more and more apparent.
This year, Aarogyam UK has come together within this framework and cooperation to lead the discussion across the Aarogyam spectrum. The leadership and collaboration that characterize Aarogyam are exemplified in the many groundbreaking community initiatives, research projects and publications of the past year, including the Aarogyam online health community, our integrative support groups, community of practice initiatives like Gyansanjeevani, UK India Joint research initiative, and many more forthcoming in maternal health, family support, and special needs.
Please join us in celebrating these three years of accomplishments throughout 2023. While we look forward to highlighting the positive impact Aarogyam has had, we will also be asking you, our partners and community members, to help us examine what else calls for our attention in order to realize our vision of a world in which everyone has access to Whole health and well-being.
Looking forward to achieving more successes with you all in the coming year.