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RSHR 2009-2010

Securing Maternal Health Rights - CHSJ in collaboration with a group of organizations in Bihar undertook a study on women's experience of institutional delivery. The report was shared  in a national dissemination meeting in April 2009 followed by the formal constitution of the National Alliance for Maternal Health and Human Rights (NAMHHR). CHSJ was also involved in facilitating the formation of state level partnerships for this alliance among states like Bihar and Orissa.

Safe Abortion Advocacy - CHSJ supported CommonHealth partners to initiate an advocacy campaign on safe abortion in three districts of Bihar (Muzzafurpur, Nawada and Patna). CHSJ also collaborated  with CommonHealth to organise a workshop for media persons Safe & Legal Abortion in India: Every Woman’s Right and to publish a set of four fact sheets on abortion rights in India. Download report and fact sheets.

Study on Quality of Care - CHSJ in association with HealthWatch Forum completed a study in which the implementation of the Family Planning Insurance Scheme and Quality Assurance Plan were assessed in five states. The report was shared publicly in Delhi and during the 5th Asia Pacific Reproductive and Sexual Health Conference in Beijing. A follow up study was also designed, in which the experience of those who have filed for compensation under the Family Planning Insurance Scheme is to be understood and analysed.

Nutritional Anaemia in Women and Girls - CHSJ conducted a short study to understand the perceptions of different stakeholders and also co-organized a one day roundtable along with Chetna, ARROW and Academy of Nursing Studies, in New Delhi to contribute to the process of building synergies among various movements like women’s movement, health movement and Right to Food movement.

Advocacy on Population and Development - CHSJ continued to host the secretariat to Gains & Gaps – ICPD+15: A Civil Society Review in India.  The year-long process included conducting Regional conference/meetings and preparation of a set of 12 Briefing sheets in English and Hindi on the various themes related to the ICPD PoA.

Some of the key stakeholders who have been associated with this review process include the following:  

  • Community based organizations and federations
  • Civil Society: Organisations and Networks working on related themes e.g. Women’s groups, Health groups, Youth groups, Dalit groups, Networks working on Maternal Health, Family Planning, Abortion rights, Sexual health and rights, Sex workers and sexual minorities, HIV/AIDS, etc, working both at the National and State levels.
  •  International Organisations – UN agencies, Bi-lateral Organisations.
  •  Donors
  • Government : At the National and State levels
  • Academics from reputed institutes across India

A Steering Committee comprising of representatives from diverse set of organisations, including CHSJ has planned and conducted the review process. A web site ( devoted to the review process was created and run by the Secretariat.

Supporting State Level Advocacy - CHSJ has provided intensive support to state level advocacy on reproductive and sexual health in a number of states like Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, etc. CHSJ commissioned an external consultant to conduct a review of the project “Advocating for Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights” to identify not only whether the project outputs and outcomes were met, but to understand the nature of CHSJ’s partnership support at the state level and ways to strengthen the same.

DownloadThe review report.

Publication - CHSJ published the report Responding to the Two Child Norm as an outcome of a study conducted by an intern from University of Washington to understand the state level actors and factors who support and resist coercive population policies and to understand the processes which are responsible for continued support or resistance to such policies.