Thursday, September 27, 2007

W e l c o m e t o J a n a n i

W e l c o m e t o J a n a n i: "Janani is a non-profit Indian Society that implements a large service delivery programme in three of the poorest states of India. The programme is modeled on the premise that the only option available to supplement the public sector in scale and impact of service delivery is the private sector. The NGO sector accounts for barely 0.7% health care in India and by itself is not a viable option. There are vast sections of the population in India, mostly poor and rural, who do not have access to good quality health and reproductive health products and services. About 16% of couples in reproductive union—25 million in total—want to either space or limit children but do not use a modern method of contraception, mainly due to lack of access. In poor states like Bihar, the unmet need is about 40%. Not addressing this need is a violation of some fundamental reproductive rights. Unwanted children also exact a huge price on the economy and the nation’s wellbeing. India has a vast public sector but during the five decades since the country’s independence from colonial rule, the public sector has not been able to address the needs of the poor fully. There are an estimated 450,000 private doctors, 1.25 rural providers and 12 million shops in India—leveraging such resources provides a huge opportunity to supplement the public sector in scale."

Clever marriage of private resources to accomplish public good ! We need more win-win partnerships like this.

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