The process of community based monitoring and planning of health services began in Maharashtra in 2005. The process which began in 5 districts in the first phase, has now spread across 13 districts. This process has, for the first time, brought the health system, civil society organizations/NGOs, local self-governance institutions, and the common people, together, on the issue of public health services. “Davandi” performs the task of emphasizing this process and giving it visibility. “Davandi” is the quarterly mouthpiece of the CBMP process.
“Davandi” functions on the premise that the public health system is a support to poor Indians, these services should improve, it is possible to improve them and that there is a need to explore the various streams related to this perspective, along with bringing in the limelight and appreciating positive aspects about the public health system.
One of the aims of “Davandi” is also to increase the dialogue between the public health system and the common people(the beneficiaries of the system). The National Rural Health Mission has promised quality health services for the rural poor. How far this promise is being fulfilled, satisfaction/dissatisfaction of common people with the public health system, and their expectations from it, all this is being documented through “Davandi”. Hence “Davandi” also has a historic significance, the quarterly progress of the community monitoring process is reflected in “Davandi”, so in a way the various stages/stepping stones in the community monitoring process are documented in “Davandi”.
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