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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 156-162

National rural health mission - Hopes and Fears-Concerns about targeted sterilisation, retreat of the state and privatisation

State Health Resource Center, Kalibadi, Raipur. and institutional affiliation, India

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T Sundararaman
Director, State Health Resource Center, Kalibadi Raipur
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The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), launched by the present government as part of its honouring the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) commitment, had its content shaped by an active process of dialogue between many stakeholders. This article traces the contours of the discussions on three key concerns of civil society that influenced their contributions to the shaping of the National Rural Health Mission agenda. These three concerns were promotion of targeted sterilisation, a retreat of the state from its commitments to the health sector and that the NRHM agenda would lead to privatisation of public health facilities. Whereas fears on targeted sterilisation and retreat of the state may be unrealistic, there is a thrust to increased involvement of the private sector, which needs to be understood in its entirety. There is need for continued engagement by equity concerned public health professionals and health activists at all levels of implementation and not merely community monitoring to influence and shape the National Rural Health Mission in a pro-poor direction.

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