SATHI is one of the pioneering organisations in India, which adopted a rights-based approach to build the discourse around Right to Healthcare. From its inception, SATHI has focused on developing community-based accountability processes that lead to increased community ownership of Public Health initiatives, as well as enhanced responsiveness of service providers. Over the past two decades, SATHI has successfully collaborated with more than 50 civil society organisations in Maharashtra, working on health rights issues, and has facilitated action and policy advocacy at local, district, state, and national levels.
Since 2008, SATHI has served as the ‘State Nodal NGO’ for implementation of community-based monitoring and planning of health services, as part of the national health mission. Community-based Monitoring and Planning (CBMP) of health services in Maharashtra India, is an innovative participatory approach to improving accountability in health care delivery. We hope that the learnings from this strategy will inform “communitisation” of health services in diverse contexts, as an alternative to privatization, as a means to enhancing the “publicness” of health services, making it accessible to everyone. The CBMP process has deepened democracy, leading to increased accountability, created several forums and spaces for dialogue among stakeholders, and enabled systematic data collection on health indicators. Drawing from these learnings, innovative community-led processes like decentralised health planning and Social Audit of Public Services (Multi-sectoral)’ have emerged.
SATHI has partnered with national and international organisations in their public health program related work. These include World Health Organisation, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, American University-Accountability Research Centre, and International Budget Partnership. SATHI has developed a wide range of resource material including training modules, booklets, leaflets, analytical documents, policy advocacy reports, and flyers, for developing capacities and enaabling communities to monitor and strengthen public healthcare services.