Current Projects

Community based monitoring and planning of health services

The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was launched in 2005 with the goal of improving the availability of and access to quality health care for people, especially for those residing in rural areas, the poor, women, and children. Community Based Monitoring and Planning of Health Services was introduced as important component in order to ensure that the services reach those for whom they are meant. It was an outcome of consistent effort taken by ''Jan Swasthya Abhiyan''.

Establishing Thematic hub – “Patients rights and private medical sector accountability”

Project : Establishing Thematic hub – “Patients rights and private medical sector accountability”
Duration : 15th July, 2017 to 31st December, 2017
Funded by : Centre for Health and Social Justice

COPASAH thematic hub – “Patients rights and private medical sector accountability” would strive to build a policy discourse and networks related to private health sector regulation and patient's rights, with a focus on South Asia, though having relevance for low and middle income countries across the world. SATHI, a Health rights organisation based in Pune, India will anchor this thematic hub.

The thematic hub will work through organising global thematic webinars, networking and alliance building in South Asia, regional consultations, and capacity building of key activists. The thematic hub will engage in relevant knowledge generation through publication of papers and policy briefs. It is expected that this hub will orient and galvanise health activists and civil society members, enabling them to raise key issues related to the private healthcare sector, in the spirit of accountability and rights.

Promoting participatory action on local Health budgets and medicine distribution in Maharashtra

Project Duration - upto 31st March, 2017

Funded by - International Budget Partnership
Goal - Responsive district health planning and effective medicine distribution in Maharashtra to ensure significantly improved primary health care service delivery with a broader framework of community accountability.


  1. Central role played by RKS members and CBMP committees in local need based health planning and budgeting, leading to more effective and appropriate functioning of health services. Strengthened spaces for participatory planning and accountability related to health services.
  2. Active involvement of CBMP committees in monitoring expenditures of Program Implementation Plan (PIP) budgets, ensuring effective utilization of these funds and improved service delivery.
  3. Demand driven and adequate medicine distribution in rural public health facilities based on key changes in medicine distribution system.
  4. Effective state level collaboration and advocacy with the help of the CBMP network for ensuring greater responsiveness of district health planning and medicine distribution processes.


To achieve these objectives, SATHI would collaborate with five partner organisations to conduct project activities in an intensive manner. Further, capacity building related to various activities would be carried out with 24 CBMP implementing organizations in 13 districts. The project would consist of a three pronged strategy to achieve these objectives – action oriented research and evidence building, capacity building of key stakeholders, and advocacy at various levels. To move towards attaining the stated objectives, we propose to carry out the following activities in this project:

  1. Activity 1 -Study of pattern of utilization of RKS (Patient welfare committee) funds in 6 selected PHCs and 3 Rural Hospitals from 3 districts of Maharashtra, linked with participatory interventions in planning of RKS funds by CBMP and RKS committee members, leading to more appropriate use of flexible funds.
  2. Activity 2 Capacity building of  24 civil society organisations from 13 districts on PIP related issues, for ensuring budget accountability and monitoring of district and block health plans.
  3. Activity 3 -Tracking implementation of community oriented and innovative components of PIPs as well as local level advocacy for its effective implementation in 2 Districts.
  4. Activity 4 - Action oriented analysis of medicine distribution system linked with advocacy for more responsive supply system in 3 selected districts of Maharashtra.
  5. Activity 5  -State level networking and advocacy to influence the public health system, towards more participatory local health planning and effective medicine distribution systems.

Nutrition Rights Programme

Project : Moving towards institutionalization of Community monitoring and action related to ICDS services, to promote adequate child nutrition in Maharashtra

Duration : 1st February 2017 to 31st January, 2018

(First phase – 1st November, 2012 to March 2016)

The programme strives to make nutrition services accountable and responsive, through community based monitoring and planning, generation of appropriate knowledge and reshaping relevant policies and programmes. The programme was implemented by a consortium of civil society organizations and SATHI was the nodal agency for the programme responsible overall coordination and monitoring

Institutionalization of the emerging model of Community accountability and participation, for improving child nutrition in Maharashtra

1. Strengthening the discourse on the CBMA approach for nutrition related services at national level, contributing to its greater institutionalization and generalization
2. State level institutionalization of CBMA-ICDS process in tribal areas, along with civil society influencing key policy areas related to Child nutrition in Maharashtra
3. Systematic documentation of the CBMA-ICDS process in Maharashtra, with focus on the positive impacts and success stories
4. Consolidation and continuation of CBMA-ICDS activities in existing urban areas (Nagpur and Mumbai) while developing institutionalization of this approach in urban areas
5. Development of key elements of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) based feedback system related to child nutrition services in the state, while moving towards its adoption by concerned departments in the state.

Key Activities of the project –
  • Organize consultation at state and national level for consensus building about Community Based Monitoring of ICDS.
  • Advocacy with Women and Child Development department, Tribal Development Dept. and Health Dept. for institutionalization of CBM of nutrition services.
  • Develop components of an ICT based feedback system (Voice messaging and SMS surveys) concerning child nutrition services, and advocating for its adoption by concerned departments in the state.
  • Build partnerships with Government, UNICEF and other organizations and institutions involved in this issue.
  • Research and documentation of the project process and other policy issues pertaining to advocacy.

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Anusandhan Trust

Anusandhan Trust, a public trust registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950, (Registration No: E-13480), runs two centres namely: CEHAT based in Mumbai and SATHI in Pune.

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