Health Rights and Equity-oriented Health System Change in Maharashtra, India

The private sector is the largest health provider in India, and unregulated private healthcare is resulting in inequitable access to services and irrational or misguided use of healthcare resources. The first phase of the project (103234) highlighted these issues and brought together health researchers, activists and experts to give them more prominence. This project will combine research on specific aspects of heathcare access (including misguided forms of women's health services promoted by private practitioners) with policy research, and propose a system to address the problem. Researchers will draw up a roadmap and possible models for a system universal health care for Maharashtra state, and contribute to similar discourse at the national level. The project will also include a fellowship program to build the capacity of young healthcare professionals in the field of equity and rights. This is expected to result in pool of health professionals with the skills to advocate for and contribute to the movement for universal access to health care.

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Start Date

Friday, April 1, 2011

End Date

Sunday, February 1, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

Mhatre, Sharmila

Total funding

CA$ 300,000


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Dr. Nilangi Sardeshpande

Project Leader

Dr. Abhay Shukla


Trustees of Anusandhan Trust

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