Community Monitoring is integral for improving health service delivery under NRHM

Jaipur, December 23, 2009

National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) is a very important programme to provide the better health services to the rural population, but better services can be delivered only by ensuring the participation of community, said Ramvilas Choudhary, Jila Pramukh, Tonk while launching a project titled ‘Ensuring health service delivery through community monitoring in PHCs of Tonk, Rajasthan’, at Jila Parishad Conference Hall, Tonk on Dec 22, 09. He also mentioned that under NRHM eleven crores of rupees is provided to Tonk district, but the results are not up to the mark. The project is designed and implemented by CUTS International in partnership with Result for Development.

George Cheriyan, Director of CUTS International said Community monitoring and capacity building of PRIs to own, control and mange health services under NRHM are integral and important components. He also mentioned that support from district administration is expected for better implementation of the project, which is being implemented for fact findings not for fault findings. Dr. R. K. Jawa, Additional Chief Medical & Health Officer of Tonk along with Subur Khan, District Programme Manager NRHM and other block programme managers also spoke and provided feedback on the implementation of NRHM in Tonk.

Objective of the project is to improve the services available at primary health centers through community monitoring. Also to provide recommendations to the government and policy makers based on the key findings of the project. More than 70 participants including officials from district health department, representatives of civil society organizations, health workers, selected community monitors, media representatives were present in the meeting.

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