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HRMG 2009-2010

In keeping with our concerns about Social Justice, CHSJ continued its work on Health Rights & Marginalised Sections this year. The Centre also built linkages with networks and groups working specifically with marginalised and excluded communities to develop methodologies for evidence building and furthering the claim to health related rights.

Literature review on Health and Social ExclusionAn extensive and thorough literature review was undertaken on the issues of Social Exclusion and Maternal Health, Social Exclusion and T.B, Maternal Health Care for Women living with HIV/AIDS and Family Planning and Social Exclusion. The draft papers are available for download below.

Study on National Health Programmes and Social Exclusion (NHSE)   The issues covered in the study were health care needs of the communities, factors affecting choices of health care systems, experiences of accessing public health care in context of maternal health, TB and general health needs. The study  also looked at problems and expectations of different communities from public health system. 

Campaign on Maternal Health and Social Exclusion The campaign had been initiated by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA – UN Millenium Campaign in India) along with CHSJ and National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) to generate awareness and build perspective on health rights of marginalized communities across different states. CHSJ worked with NCDHR to orient these organisations to different dimension of human rights related to health rights, with a focus on maternal health related entitlements under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). State level partners were trained last year to identify and document case studies of maternal health right violations. Public sharing meetings took place in three states namely – Bihar, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. A compiled report has also been prepared for dissemination.

Facilitating Independent Review of National Health Programmes(Rapid Assessment of Health Programmes) This year the emphasis was on completing the studies that had been initiated in the last year under the Rapid Assessment of Health Programmes process. During this year, partner organisations were supported to complete analysing the data and the writing of different reports. These reports were shared at a national sharing workshop in July 2009 and Dr Syeda Hameed, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, who was present at the meeting requested for all these research reports with the intent of including them within the 11th Five Year Plan review process. This process was completed with the technical support from the Global Health Leadership Programme of the University of Washington and UNFPA India.   

Exploring Universal Access to Medicines  - CHSJ has been collaborating with SAHAYOG and the University of Edinburgh on a research project exploring the reasons behind the misuse of drugs like oxytocin (inducing labour), rifampicin (treating TB) and fluoxetine (depression) that are vitally important from a public health perspective by tracing their journey from production to consumption. A series of working papers had been produced by the research team and circulated widely for the feedback and comments from various stakeholders.  A two day dissemination workshop was also organised in the month of April 2009 in Delhi to share the findings of the study and to provide a platform to the stakeholders to share crucial perspectives on the issues of Universal Access and Rational Therapy of Drugs. The papers have been published as a special edition of Journal of Health Studies.

Studies Conducted by Interns - CHSJ encourages university students to take up research subjects which are of concern to us and can be done in a short span of time. These quick studies help in generating evidence on important policy relevant issues. This year CHSJ hosted three interns from different universities who conducted the following studies: 

  • Exploring the health care needs of women who experience violence in Uttar Pradesh,India
  • Do current norms of the DOTS programming in selected(urban) industrial area adequate for meeting the diagnostic and curative care needs associated with TB for the poor labor employed with these industries? What is the involvement of the private sector in meeting the health care needs of such persons? - By Joe Benedict of University of Washington
  • Meeting the Health Needs of Domestic Violence Victims: Assessing the Utilization of Domestic Violence Law and Health Services Preparedness in Coastal Orissa
Reviewing NRHM & RCH 2- National Sharing of Rapid Assessment by Civil Society -  22nd July 2009 New Delhi
National sharing of the findings of studies conducted by 11 civil society organizations using Rapid Assessment approaches.