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Reclaiming the Public Health System: Qualitative Report on Community Based Monitoring and Planning of Health Services in Maharashtra

The general perception is that nothing can happen smoothly and efficiently in public systems. While people often complain about delays and problems they experience in Government offices, they exhibit indifference towards this system at the same time. The public health system is no exception to this prevalent sense of apathy. Usually people are least concerned about the state of health services, as they consider it as a government function. Nevertheless, this apathy, as this document presents, can be turned into concern and action.

This document presents the process of implementing ‘Community Based Monitoring and Planning’ (CBMP) in Maharashtra that has been initiated with support from the ‘National Rural Health Mission'(NRHM). The CBMP experience shows that people’s indifference is waning and ‘government’ clinics are becoming ‘peoples’ clinics. This document explains the emergence, scope, impact and future challenges of this innovative concept, and also presents views and opinions of various stakeholders, such as a member of National Planning Commission, noted social activists, senior media persons, health officials from state and district levels, NGO and CBO activists, village level health functionaries and community members, about CBMP.

Uploaded on: May 23, 2017
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2017
Year Published: 2012

Resource Tags

Resource Type: Impact Evidence Issues: Community Organizing, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Policy Advocacy Tool Type: Reports / Research, Training Resources & Popular Education Method: Improving Governance, Accountability and Transparency, Promoting Citizens' Participation in Governance Languages: English Regions: India Nature of Impact: Acquisition of Remedy / Entitlement / Information, Citizen Action & Participation, Impact on Health, Positive Impact, Rights Consciousness Scale of Intervention/Impact: 100,000 to 1 million people Institutions Engaged: Human Rights Commission, Media, NGOs, Regulatory / Implementing Agencies, Service Delivery Agencies Evaluation Method: Interviews, Project Document Review