|Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health||
Community Based Monitoring (CBM) was introduced as an important component of the National Rural Health Mission in India in order to help ensure that health services reach communities for whom they are meant. Development of CBM was an outcome of consistent advocacy efforts taken by members of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (PHM-India) including SATHI team members.
SATHI has been implementing community based monitoring as part of the national rural health mission since 2007. However, in the period 1999-2000, SATHI was also part of a pioneering initiative for community monitoring of health services in collaboration with the people’s organisation ‘Kashtakari Sanghatana’. This experience was organised in one block of Maharashtra, India.
Maharashtra state is one of the largest states (provinces) in India with population of 110 million. As the State nodal NGO, SATHI is presently involved in facilitating CBM in 13 districts covering about 800 villages. A SATHI team member is also part of the national Advisory Group for Community Action, which facilitates CBM at national level in India.
Community Based Monitoring (India)
Common people are presenting evidence on the shortcomings of public health services. They are working for removing these shortcomings, and are making health services accountable in relation to issues raised by them. We must admit that all this is unprecedented. This is happening because of the process of Community Based Monitoring (CBM) which is bringing about a new awareness about health services. We are showing a glimpse of this process briefly through this film.
Area of Work