CEHAT

Project Theme

Health

Target Group

Women

Project Period

01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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Introduction

CEHAT (Centre for Enquiry Into Health and Allied Themes) is the research centre of Anusandhan Trust, involved in research, training, service and advocacy on health and allied themes.

Aim

Socially relevant and rigorous academic health research and health action at CEHAT is for the well being of the disadvantaged masses, for strengthening people's health movements and for realising right to health and health care. CEHAT acts as an interface between progressive people's movements and academia.

Strategies:

  • Undertake socially relevant research and advocacy projects on various socio-political aspects of health.
  • Disseminate information through databases and relevant publications

Social Responsibility

As a principle, CEHAT do not regard society as an object of experimentation and data collection merely for intellectual gratification. All efforts in CEHAT endeavour to create space for the participation of people without compromising on academic rigour. The ethical guidelines for research are structured around informed consent; confidentiality and relaying information back to relevant segments of society. Projects are reviewed for their ethical content by an Institutional Ethics Committee, a body consisting of 5 external and 3 internal members.

A Social Accountability Group, comprising individuals other than the CEHAT team and Anusandhan Trust members, periodically evaluates our functioning as an institution.

Functioning

CEHAT has a multi disciplinary team with training and experience in Medicine, Life Sciences, Economics, Social Sciences, Social Work, Journalism, Library & Information, Science and Law. While trustees of the Anusandhan Trust constitute the Governing Board, the Working Group elected by the staff members directs the day-to-day functioning of CEHAT. The Programme Development Committee is responsible for the review of CEHAT's work. It consists of external experts and internal staff members from the organsiation.

Impact by partner

Two state level (Odisha & Bihar) and one national level policy paper on Maternal Health developed by CEHAT.