It is good to be able to share welcome news. Thanks primarily to the efforts of a disability rights activist, Dr Satendra Singh, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has now included disability rights and the dignity of disabled people in undergraduate medical curriculum. As Dr Singh says, “This is great news as future Indian medical graduates will now look at disability from a human rights perspective and not just a disease perspective.”
While sharing this optimism, let us also warn of a potential implementation gap. In our country, not always does policy translate to action and reality. We will need sustained and systematic action to ensure that the competency mentioned in the curriculum is actually achieved by the students.
(Image: Dr Satendra Singh at the Disability Pride Parade in Chicago.)