CHSJ has been at the forefront of raising issues of quality of care and informed choice in family planning programme. In partnership with nine civil society organisations CHSJ undertook community based monitoring of family planning services in 50 villages in 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The exercise included discussions with women who are intended as well as actual beneficiaries of the family planning programme. Interviews were conducted with ASHAs, medical officers and auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) and health facilities were observed. Hundred focus group discussions (FGDs) were conducted (two in each village), and 340 women users, 50 ASHAs and 10 medical officers were interviewed and 10 PHCs observed. Score cards were prepared to assess the performance of each district.
The major findings were:
M A J O R F I N D I N G S
The findings have been widely shared through district level public dialogues in the 10 districts and also through two state level dialogues in Patna and Lucknow.