A Case Study of an Innovative Project - District Planning for RCH in U.P.

Author: Aradhana Johri, J.S. Deepak

Uttar Pradesh, which has a population of more than 150 million is one of the more underdeveloped states of India from the point of social and economic indicators. The scenario is all the more grim when one looks at it from the demographic perspective. The state is 18 years behind the country as far as literacy is concerned, 10 years behind in infant mortality levels, 18 years behind in birth rate and it is almost 28 years behind in total fertility rate.

In this difficult environment, a need was felt to develop an innovative strategy that could facilitate effective delivery of reproductive and child health services according to the clients needs. SIFPSA developed a methodology for formulating district plans that would cater both to the needs of the community as well as the resources locally available. This paper discusses the social and demographic environment of the state, the methodology that has been developed for the development as well as implementation of the district plans, and the contents of the district plans that have been developed.

Presented / Published

Paper presented at a National Workshop on Operations Research Models in Health Sector: February 24 - 25, 1999, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Key Words: District Action Plan, Reproductive Health Services, Uttar Pradesh