Community Based Monitoring and Planning of health services.
The basic premise of Community based monitoring, is to involve the beneficiaries in the process of adapting and improving health services to suit their needs. It represents one of the basic tools towards transparency and accountability of health and other social services. Community based Monitoring and Planning of health services in Maharashtra, India, represents an innovative participatory approach to improving accountability and health care delivery. The learnings from this could possibly inform “communitisation” of health services in diverse contexts, as an alternative to privatization and as a means to enhancing the “publicness” of health services. CBMP has as a process, deepened democracy, leading to increased accountability, created several forums for spaces for dialogues among stakeholders and systematic data collection on health indicators.
The National Rural Health Mission has initiated Community based monitoring and planning of health services (CBMP) as a participatory, multi-stakeholder process for promoting accountability, transparency and responsiveness of public health services while improving their implementation. This process was launched at state level in Maharashtra in mid-2007 and after initiation, selection and capacity building processes at state and district levels, field level implementation started in early 2008.