Public Health Resource Society

Project Theme

Health

Target Group

Tribals

Project Period

01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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Introduction

Chhattisgarh is one of the poorest states in the country. As per official poverty surveys (2002-03), more than 19 lakh families in the state are below poverty line (BPL). Additionally, the state government has recognised another 15 lakh families as ‘poor’. Thus the poverty rate in the state is close to 70%. The situation is worse when it comes to blocks having predominantly tribal population. The poor and tribals in the state face a grim situation regarding access to health care and nutrition services. The tribal areas face much higher rates of morbidity and mortality. The main reason for this is that the gaps in health care delivery are much bigger in tribal areas. These areas are chronically under-served areas. In absence of adequate public health care, a lot of poor people have to turn to the private sector. The situation in terms of accessing private health care is similar to what we see in the whole of the country. More than 80% of outpatients and more than 60% of indoor cases are treated in private clinics and hospitals in India. However large-scale commercialization and overcharging, lack of effective self-regulation by Medical Councils, frequent irrational procedures, and violation of patient’s rights today characterize the private sector. Patients are many times exploited in private medical sector and they do not have a single forum to complain about private hospitals and get relief in some form. In tribal areas, the private sector is more exploitative as well as of poor quality.

Impact by partner
  • Increased awareness of CBOs and media on patients' rights
  • Capacities of CBOs improved to train communities on patient's rights
  • Process Documentation and Building Evidences through case studies on patient's rights
  • Advocacy with Government over proper implementation of Patients' Rights