Closing the Loop

The community participation model – ‘Maternity Home Monitoring Committees’ (MHMCs) – where common users of Maternity Homes come together to advocate for improved maternal health services offered by the city municipality was one of the outcomes of a two-phased study carried out by Public Affairs Centre (PAC) in Bangalore. The model has been successfully implemented in five Maternity Homes and one Referral Hospital. The process of putting these MHMCs in place came through a three-and-half-year study done in partnership with three local NGOs in Bangalore with funding and support from the International Budget Partnership (IBP).

This report demonstrates a successful example of ‘Closing the loop’ – with evidence based research and concerted advocacy efforts, it is possible to empower communities who then can stand up and demand for better services by putting pressure on the system. 

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