NATIONAL CAMPAIGN ON SAFE ABORTION
Introduction to the campaign
Unsafe abortion is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in India. The burden of abortion related mortality and morbidity is disproportionately higher among adolescents and adult women from marginalized groups.
Though abortion is legally available under the provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (MTP Act) of 1972, but poor implementation of the Act and quality of abortion services pose several barriers for womenís access to safe abortion services.
Health Budget and Advocacy
CEHATís work on health financing has led to a lot of literature on health budgets, financing and expenditure issues, including large field based studies to generate primary data. CEHAT has been conducting trainings and involved in advocacy on budgets among people to raise awareness and mobilize them for demanding higher allocations to social sector especially health. In the initial years CEHAT did research projects and came out with papers which mainly looked at major macro and micro issues related to the health services and financing. Health Expenditure Across States Financing of Disease Control Programmes in India
Budget is a critical policy document of the government that not only indicates the expenditure incurred but also reflects the policy priorities of the government. Understanding the budget and analyzing it can be effective instrument to demand transparency, accountability and to generate public pressure for influencing policy.
Follow-up with the Government on the implementation of rules for the BNHR Act and creating awareness amongst patients about patients rights
The draft rules for BNHRA were submitted to the Government of Maharashtra in June 2006, which remain on paper till date. The main efforts were to regularly follow up with the Public Health Department and the Office of the Director General of Health Services. The Jan Aarogya Abhiyan too made efforts for implementation of BNHRA. In addition to follow up with the health bureaucracy through letters and meetings, CEHAT also worked towards creating awareness amongst patients on the issue of Patients Rights as part of the JSA. The posters and brochures on Patient Right were disseminated among the patients on the world health day. Radio spots on the patient right and Emergency services were done for MUST community radio started by Mumbai University.
Advocacy and Campaigns on Violence against Women
Along with the service provision and training, efforts are been made to create awareness about the issue and change of attitude in society about violence against women. The main objectives of advocacy is to create awareness about gender based violence and its consequences on women; to create awareness about the crisis centre and its services amongst organisations, other hospitals, health posts and maternity homes and community at large.