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RSHR 2010-2011

 Securing Maternal Health and Rights

  • Supporting women’s right to ‘safe delivery’- We participated and were invited to many international events (like the Women Deliver Conference, Global Maternal Health  Conference and PMNCH Conference) where we raised the issue of compulsory institutional delivery without adequate emergency obstetric care service delivery through the Janani Suraksha Yojana. A paper was also published on this issue in The Lancet, one of the most reputed international journals on health.
  • Supporting National Alliance for Maternal Health and Human Rights (NAMHHR) - CHSJ is a member of Alliance on Maternal Health NAMHHR and we prepared an analysis of National Maternity Benefit Scheme (NMBS) & Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) in State Programme Implementation Plans (PIP) –Bihar, UP, Rajasthan, Orissa, Chattisgarh Jharkhand, MP, Assam, and shared with members of NAMHHR. CHSJ partnered with NAMHHR to host a session in the Global Maternal Health Conference in New Delhi (August 2010).
  • Exploring linkage and Advocating for Change Nutritional Anaemia and Women’s Heath: CHSJ conducted a qualitative study with support from ARROW to look at the policy and programmatic linkages and gaps around anaemia and nutrition. In the context of maternal health, the study process included literature review, interviews and a multi- stakeholder consultation.

Advocacy on Population and Development

  • CHSJ continued to host the secretariat of Gains & Gaps – ICPD+15: A Civil Society Review in India, a process that was initiated in 2009-2010, the 15th year since ICPD in 1994. The following meetings were held. 
      • Consultation on Declining Sex Ratio was jointly organized with Women Power Connect, SUTRA & Voluntary Health Association of Punjab. More than 40 participants from women's and health groups, media organizations and other CSO’s from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh were present. The consultation provided a platform to address the issue within the context of gender discrimination and for raising concerns about the systemic gaps in the States’ enforcement of the PCPNDT Act.
      • National Consultation on Addressing the Concerns of the Youth was held in collaboration with CHETNA, Gujarat during August. It was attended by 64 participants including grass root level activists, NGO workers and students working on issues of youth. The objective was to place concrete recommendations before the government on the needs, aspirations and rights of the youth.
      • HIV & AIDS A meeting of 16 participants working on HIV & AIDS, sexual minorities, public health, women's issues and human rights was co-organized with NAZ Foundation (India) in New Delhi, to discuss ways of integrating and building bridges between HIV & AIDS activism and broader health rights issues and ways to move forward.

·  Support to National Coalition on Population Stabilisation, Family Planning and     Reproductive Rights –

  The Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) discussed population issues for the first time in 33 years in August this year. In this context, it was felt necessary to develop a strategy to ensure that the policy interest in family planning does not become a coercive force but an opportunity for young people to enjoy their reproductive rights with access to information and services. As a member of the National Coalition on Population and Development, CHSJ conducted a set of activities for generating awareness and developing a campaign to mobilise public opinion across different constituencies and stakeholder groups. These activities included:

o   A set of eight briefing sheets on Population and Development in Hindi and English and disseminated among concerned stakeholders.

o   A paper titled Family Planning and Contraceptive Use in India: New Priorities, New Approaches.

o   A review of key arguments made for and against Population Stabilization during Parliament debate held on August 5, 2010. Also prepared documents on questions raised in Rajyasabha & Loksabha during 15th Parliamentary session.

o   A Roundtable on Contemporary Challenges & Opportunities was co-organized with Population Foundation of India (PFI). This was attended by participants from Bihar, Orissa, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh. 

Sex selective abortion in the context of public policy

CHSJ prepared a review paper titled In the Interests of Equality: An examination of the human rights and ethical dimensions of sex selective abortion in the context of public policy addressing skewed sex ratios for International Development Research Centre (IDRC) that traces both the developments on the issue of sex ratio changes and sex selective abortion in different countries as well as the rights discourse around it.

Improving informed choice and quality of care in family planning

The paper on QoC Sterilization Camps conducted last year was published in the book Reaching the Unreached. As part of its follow-up study to understand the gaps in implementing the Family Planning Insurance Scheme of the Government of India, CHSJ had filed an RTI and procured the list of claimants under the Family Planning Insurance Scheme. The cases were analysed and a short summary submitted to a Query on Solutions Exchange an internet based information exchange platform coordinated through the UN system .