Health Care Delivery and Health Status in Udaipur District, Rajasthan
A. Objectives of the project
The main objective of this project is to obtain a comprehensive picture of health care delivery, health seeking behavior and health status in rural areas in Udaipur district of Rajasthan, India.There are three basic questions that interest us:
First, what is the structure of the health-care system on the ground? What services are delivered in different types of public and private facilities? What are the physical condition of the building and the availability of drugs and equipment)? What are the respective roles of the public, the private sectors, Non Governmental Organizations, and traditional doctors?
Second, what types of health seeking behavior are present in rural India. Where are individuals obtaining health-care and how much are they spending? What particular types of health-care are they buying?
Finally, what is the health status of the population? What are the patterns of morbidity and mortality by age and gender? What are people's perception of their own physical and mental health situation? How does this relate to their economic status?
There are important policy consequences of not knowing these basic facts. Without an accurate picture of the situation, there cannot be an informed debate on what basic needs are met or unmet, and where are the gaps that NGO or governmental action could fill.
B. The project
The study will have three major components:
- A census of all health options available to a sample of 100 villages in 5 blocks
A study of facilities (public and private) serving these villages
A household survey (10 households per village)