Role of Traditional Birth Attendants
The NRHM has not made any provisions for the TBA/Dai, even though home-based delivery continues to be common, especially in the NRHM high focus states. Institutions in these regions are incapable of providing appropriate postnatal care. CHSJ acknowledges the need to address these emerging concerns and seeks to envisage a role for the TBA/Dai within the NRHM. CHSJ, along with Gujarat Dai Sangathan, Population Foundation of India and other organisations in Jharkhand, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, has been raising the issue of the role of dais in the present context and advocating for that role. A National Consultation on the Role of Dais in NRHM was held in May 2008 in New Delhi to review the role of dais and recommend ways to incorporate them into the NRHM. Read the Consultation report here.