Presentation on ‘Absenteeism Study’

CUTS in partnership with Transparency and Accountability Programme (TAP) of the Results for Development (R4D) Institute based in Washington DC supported by the Human Development Network (HDN) of the World Bank group is implementing a social accountability project in Tonk district of Rajasthan titled ‘Ensuring Service Delivery through Community Monitoring in PHCs of Tonk District of Rajasthan’, since October 2009. Civic engagement and community monitoring aspect of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) is kept as a central point of the study. The project was formally launched on December 22, 2009 and research part of the project was done and the data was collected using the tools of social accountability such as Participatory Absenteeism Tracking Process and Citizen Report Cards (CRCs).

The data is complied and analyzed. The key findings, emerged out of the research study, along with the draft recommendations were disseminated through the District and State Level Dissemination Meeting in the target district of Tonk and in the State Capital, Jaipur, which was attended by key officials from the Department of Health and representatives of various stakeholders. Based on the comments and feedback received, CUTS has further fine tuned the recommendations.

With the purpose of presenting the findings and the recommendations to a wider audience at the World Bank Group, as part of the evidence based advocacy, CUTS has been invited to make a presentation on the study and its findings on the 25th of August, 2010.

Mr. George Cheriyan, Director, CUTS International, along with Mr. Om Prakash Arya (project coordinator, CUTS International) will be making the presentation.