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  project name ~ Health Rights Resource Center Phase 2

category ~ Health Care - Adult




  Project Name


Health Rights Resource Center Phase 2



CEHAT (Center for Enquiry into Health, Allied..



Health Care - Adult






Madhya Pradesh

  Budget Approved


Rs 400000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Nirveek Bhattacharjee
Somnath Mukherji











The project seeks to facilitate sustained campaigns demanding a more accountable, responsive and effective public health system, by building capacity and training people’s organizations on community-based monitoring and health-rights activities.





Barwani, the second poorest district of Madhya Pradesh, with a predominantly tribal population (67%) has a maternal mortality rate (MMR) of 335 (per 10,000 live births), as compared to 254 in India (and 11 in the US). Vyapari Bai, A tribal woman from Pati block and her unborn baby died due to medical negligence. More than 25 maternal deaths happened during the same time in Barwani district. This triggered a massive rally of 3000 tribal women organized by the Jagrit Adivasi Dalit Sanghathan, demanding greater accountability and better health services. The spontaneous protest shook the district administration. Since then, practically all complicated cases of labor are being treated at the district hospital, ensuring there are no avoidable maternal deaths.





- Creating awareness regarding maternal health services and related rights among community members and activists of grassroots organizations. - Advocating in selected districts for improved maternal health services and safe delivery care as part of basic health services with reasonable quality, in local public health institutions. - Influencing health care providers involved in providing maternal health services to improve their behaviour and communication with people accessing care, as well as improving delivery of basic health services in selected areas - Promoting maternal death reviews by district maternal death review committees, as well as building capacity for community maternal health audit among involved civil society organizations.



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