A public health activist, Dr. Amit Sengupta, died in an unfortunate accident at the Goa beach recently. He was one of the well-known public health activists in India, associated with several social movements in the country and across the globe.
His sudden demise was a huge blow to progressive health movement and struggle for universal access to health in India and that his dynamic and far-sighted contribution to people-centric healthcare was irreplaceable, according to them.
Sengupta completed his MBBS from Maulana Azad Medical College and went on to be a part of the Delhi Science Forum, a public interest organisation working on science and technology policy issues and the Centre for Technology and Development, a non-profit organisation working in the field of sustainable rural development through science and technology applications.
As national co-convener of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, a network of organisations working on public health issues in India, he was a founding member of the People’s Health Movement (PHM), a global network of 18 national chapters. He was also the associate global coordinator of PHM. Sengupta coordinated the editorial group of the Global Health Watch, a people-centred initiative that highlighted social justice and an alternative to WHO’s World Health Report.