Dilaasa: Intervention with the Health Sector for Responding to Violence Against Women

Implementing a Comprehensive Healthcare Response to Sexual Violence

Armed Conflict and Health

Integrating Gender in Medical Education

Policy Research on Maternal Health

Publically Financed Health Insurance Schemes in Maharashtra

Advocacy on Abortion and sex-selection

Right to health care for survivors of sexual assault: Public interest litigation

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92. Contractor, Sana & Barai - Jaitly, Tejal. (2014). Health of Muslims in Maharashtra.Mumbai: CEHAT. [ISBN: 978-81-89042-67-7].

The report “Health of Muslims in Maharashtra” is an outcome of a project commissioned to CEHAT by the Maharashtra State Minorities Commission. It is based on a systematic review of existing studies and analysis of secondary data sources. What is evident is that a large percentage of Muslims in Maharashtra live in a context of alienation, deprivation and insecurity. The prejudice against the community, everyday experiences of discrimination and harassment impacts their overall well being, quality of life and access to public institutions. The poor availability of health facilities, poor access to clean drinking water and sanitation in the Muslim dominated pockets or ghettos reflects the systematic neglect by the state. Living in such conditions itself is a violation. An edited version of the report is published as chapter 7 of the Report on “Socio-economic and Educational Backwardness of Muslims in Maharashtra” published by the Government of Maharashtra. Download full report

90. David, Siddarth; Contractor, Sana and Jain, Anita (2014). Hospital Preparedness and Response: 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks. Mumbai: CEHAT. [ISBN: 978-81-89042-65-3].

The nature of the health system in India is such that the primary and often the only health responder during mass emergencies is the public health sector. This makes it critical to develop systems in this sector respond from the pre-hospitalization phase right up to discharge and compensation.

Documentation, research, and sharing of the experiences, lessons and challenges related to such events is critical in policy-making and planning of hospital preparedness. However, such work today exists mainly in the international sphere with little in India despite the fact that India has had a history of responding to mass-casualty events like terrorism and riots.

During the 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks, which left 172 dead, the hospitals that responded were the state-run public hospitals. Using in-depth interviews of the healthcare providers on duty in these hospitals during the attack, this study seeks to identify strengths and gaps in the response capacities of public hospitals in Mumbai city and the procedures that were followed in the wake of the attack. The insights it provides would be of value to the government which has continuously been trying to review and rethink its health services, administrative procedures and systems in order to keep pace with the rising health care needs of the population especially during emergencies, moving from impulsive reaction to proactive response. Download full report


91. Khanday, Zamrooda & Tanwar, Yavnika. (2013). Exploring Religion based Discrimination in Health Facilities in Mumbai. Mumbai: CEHAT. [ISBN : 978-81-89042-66-0].

This study is an attempt to explore religion based discrimination in health facilities based on perceptions of women from different communities. The study reports that women accessing health facilities are discriminated on the basis of class, caste, language, region and religion. Health professionals and health systems need to recognize that women face multiple forms of discrimination based on caste, class and community and therefore take additional steps to ensure unbiased delivery of services.

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