Rapid Assessment - 2nd Course

The Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) has been facilitating a process of annual feedback on the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). CHSJ has prepared two citizen’s reports on the NRHM (2006 and 2007) and a set of Rapid Appraisal Studies (2009) and these have been shared at National Stakeholders Consultation which have been attended by bilateral organizations, UN agencies, Civil Society Organisations from across the country as well as the Government, and very well received. It has been acknowledged by the Government that such independent feedback is important and essential for understanding the process of implementation and for mid course corrections.

Continuing the process, for the year 2010-2011, CHSJ with support from UNFPA and in collaboration with the SRM University, Chennai conducted a Capacity Building programme aiming to build capacity in the civil society sector (NGOs) in India so that they are better equipped to conduct rapid assessment of the implementation of different components of NRHM in different parts of the country (RAHP II). A total of 15 civil society organizations (NGOs) from different states were selected on basis of their interest and some experience in public health issues and capacity to undertake the documentation. Two researchers from each organization were given training in Rapid assessment methodology in two residential Programmes organized at Chennai and New Delhi.

Fifteen studies conducted in 8 states of the country through this programme were shared in this workshop Gaps and Gains: Citizen’s Reports on Health Programmes Implementation in India” on 16th September 2011. These studies have examined different aspects of NRHM, including health system strengthening, women’s experiences of receiving reproductive health services, maternal mortality and so on. The main objective of the workshop is to bring the grassroots realities of public health programme implementation across the country. Apart from sharing the findings, the meeting also focussed on identifying implementation bottlenecks and recommending actions for streamlining desired processes.

The meeting was attended by key functionaries from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, (government of India) Civil Society Organisations and Networks, public Health experts, academicians, UN organisations involved in providing technical support to MoHFW , international organisations, donors and Foundations involved in supporting health activities and media personnel.

Research Areas

These studies by 15 organisations had explored different aspects of programme implementation of Health programs in India, especially with regard to NRHM. These researches had included the issue access to health service delivery by marginalised communities to improving access and quality of health services. These studies also explored the extent of convergence at the level of VHND and ASHA functioning, reason behind maternal deaths and costs, consequences of institutional delivery among poor communities and the nature of post natal care.

There are four studies from Rajasthan, two from Bihar, one each from Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Orissa, Two from West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

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