Community Based Monitoring and Planning in Maharashtra, India - Abhay Shukla, Shelley Saha, Nitin Jadhav
Community based monitoring has emerged today as a powerful approach to make health services accountable and responsive. In India, the National Rural Health Mission has been supporting Community based monitoring and planning (CBMP) in several states since 2007, of which Maharashtra is one state where the process has developed with a definite rights based approach and has continuously expanded, based on a variety of innovations. As of now CBMP is being implemented in 13 districts, 35 blocks and 815 villages of the state, through the coordinated efforts of about 25 civil society organizations.
The attached case study for COPASAH is based on this context, with analysis of the diverse experiences of community action for accountability of health services that have emerged in Maharashtra during the last seven years. The focus is on drawing out lessons from organising several hundred Jan Sunwais (Public hearings) and dozens of ‘stories of change’ associated with this process. It is hoped that the strategies and lessons emerging from the CBMP Maharashtra experience would be of value for health and social activists working for accountability of public services in various contexts across the world.