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The George Washington University

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Spring 2023

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India: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action


The paper examines how an empowerment-based health care delivery model employs family planning services to positively impact families in rural Maharashtra. Family planning services provide those with the ability to become pregnant the option to control their own reproductive lives, whether they choose in favor of or against having children. Contraceptive use advances people’s human rights to choose whether they want to bear children and how many children they want, and people should have the choice of their preferred contraceptive method. The paper examines this issue within the framework of the Comprehensive Rural Health Project’s Jamkhed Model. Through the Jamkhed Model, Village Health Workers (VHWs), the Mobile Health Team (MHT), and Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) leadership work together to provide necessary primary health care in underserved village populations. The paper approaches analysis through a mix of literature review and interviews with relevant stakeholders. Around the world, healthcare has become a topic of business rather than a topic of how healthcare providers can best serve their patient populations – I hope that this paper will bring to attention the need we have as healthcare providers to help our patients feel comfortable, empowered, and supported in their healthcare experience.


Asian Studies | Family, Life Course, and Society | Family Medicine | Medicine and Health | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Primary Care | Rural Sociology


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