The baseline study was done to understand the ground realities related to maternal health; health seeking behaviour; social beliefs and norms; family planning and use of contraceptive methods; understanding of gender issues; partnership; parenting; knowledge on health entitlements under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Sidhi and Morena districts of Madhya Pradesh.
The main objective of the baseline study was to find out the current ground realities with respect to men’s behaviour and attitude towards their roles and responsibilities as partners in the area of their own and partner’s health and parenting. Objectives of the baseline study were
To understand the knowledge and understanding of gender issues especially these related to responsible parenting and partnership
To document knowledge and understanding related to sexual and reproductive health and health entitlements within NRHM framework
To document the behaviour and attitudes towards family and self-health care
The research wing designed a baseline study in 2010-11 to understand the gender roles and perception of gender equality among men and women in the project area. The baseline study was conducted in 125 villages where a total of 1130 men and 590 women all currently married and under the age of 35 years were interviewed. The issues covered in the study were:
Gender roles and responsibilities of men and women
Attitude, knowledge and behaviour about reproductive and sexual health
Behaviour of men with female members of their respective families during health emergencies
Action on violence against women
Community level participation of men and youth in gender related discussion.
A formative study comprising of interviews and focus group discussions was also conducted prior to the survey.
CHSJ was requested by SAHAYOG’s in 2010-11 to assist in the evaluation process of its project Youth for Change which was being implemented in nine districts of Uttar Pradesh viz. Azamgarh, Banda, Bareily, Chandoli, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Muzzaffarnagar, Mirzapur and Saharanpur. The study was designed based on a programme theory approach incorporating the indicators and outputs indicated in the project document. The objectives of the study were:
To assess the achievements of the project indicators and verify the project outputs
To understand the differences, if any, made in the lives of youth as a result of the programme intervention and lastly
To identify promising practices that led to the above changes.
AAROHI an NGO based in Nainital district of Uttarakhand requested CHSJin 2010 to conduct a baseline study for its project. The study was conducted in Ramgarh and Okhalkanda blocks of Nainital district in Uttarakhand using a combination of both quantitative and qualitative methods. A survey was conducted among mother’s who have delivered/miscarried/aborted in the last 3 year or is currently pregnant were interviewed from 300 households in 15 villages.
The study intended to understand the prevailing practices which have impact on health like - breast feeding, delivery, food, menstrual practices and care during pregnancy, availability of formal and informal health services, health problems especially of women and children, health service utilization, contraceptive behaviour, decision making process, attitude and knowledge of village health workers, functioning of village level institutions like GP, VHSC and PHCs.
Supporting State Level Advocacy for RSHR
CHSJ has provided intensive support to state level advocacy on reproductive and sexual health in a number of states like Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, etc. CHSJ commissioned an external consultant to conduct a review of the project “Advocating for Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights” to identify not only whether the project outputs and outcomes were met, but to understand the nature of CHSJ’s partnership support at the state level and ways to strengthen the same.