Common Health Publications / Reports

The CommonHealth members have contributed to developing resource material relevant to their local situations. These resources are central to the coalition and are have been used from time to time to establish and strengthen CommonHealth’s position on the three key themes of its work.

Reaching out to a greater audience has been central to CommonHealth through information packages in simple and local languages based on evidence based research for advocacy action at the local levels and creation of agenda-setting position papers for circulation among other existing Coalitions as well as organisations working on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.

Brochure of CommonHealth

Fact Sheets
The Cost of Abortion in India (English/ Hindi)
Sex Selective Abortion and India's Declining Female Sex Ratio 
Women's Health and Rights Issue: Safe Abortion (English/ Hindi)

Frequently Asked Questions about Safe Abortion (English/ Hindi)

Malaria in Pregnancy in India
Frequently Asked Questions: Essential Drugs for Maternal Health 


General Body Meetings

First GB  Meeting, Udaipur, January 16-18, 2006

Second GB Meeting , Mumbai, September 5-7, 2007

Third GB Meeting, Mumbai, April 10 & 11, 2009

Fourth GB Meeting, Mumbai, Sept 28-29, 2010

Fifth GB Meeting, Vadodara, March 22-23, 2013

CommonHealth Regional Meeting, Pune, September 23rd-24th, 2013

GB Meeting. August 2015, Bhopal

Advocacy Materials

Safe Abortion Poster

Advocacy material for doctors

Advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and rights 
Renu Khanna and T.K. Sundari Ravindran. An Advocates' Tool for Monitoring Rights-Based Provision of Contraceptive Information and Servicesin India. Sahaj and CommonHealth, 2015. (English)

Renu Khanna and T.K. Sundari Ravindran. An Advocates' Tool for Monitoring Rights-Based Provision of Contraceptive Information and Servicesin India. Sahaj and CommonHealth, 2015. (Hindi)
Training Tools

Promoting Accountability for Maternal Health - Monitoring Maternal Health Services and Doing Social Autopsies of Maternal Deaths: A Training Manual

   Presentation Slides
»   Accountability of the health system
»   Maternal Death Reviews: Why are they needed?
   Reading Supplements
»   WHO. 2004. Beyond the numbers - Reviewing maternal deaths and complications to make pregnancy safer.
»   Death Reviews: Maternal, Perinatal and Child. PMNCH Knowledge Summary 27, 2013.
»   Human Rights Watch. 2009. No Tally of the Anguish: Accountability in Maternal Health Care in India.
»   Maternal Health Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI. Maternal Death Review: Guidebook.
»   Dead Women Talking: Learning from Women's Experiences. Report of a Workshop held on June 2-3, 2012 at Chennai Organised by CommonHealth, CHAD, SAMA and SOCHARA.
   Presentation Slides
»   Presentation on Health: Some Technical Aspects.
   Reading Supplements
»   Suchitra Dalvie. Frequently Asked Question about Safe Abortion. CommonHealth Publication.
»   TK Sundari Ravindran. Factsheet: Malaria in Pregnancy. CommonHealth Publication.
»   B. Subha Sri, Lindsay Barnes, Suchitra Dalvie. Essential Drugs for Maternal Health. Frequently Asked Questions. CommonHealth, RUWSEC and SAHAJ. 2012.
»   Kirti Iyengar. 2012. Early Post partum Maternal Morbidity among Rural Women of Rajasthan, India: A Community-based Study. Journal of Health Population and Nutrition; 30(2):213-225.
»   Kirti Iyengar, Sharad D. Iyengar, Virendra Suhalka, and Kalpana Dashora. 2009. Pregnancy-related Deaths in Rural Rajasthan, India: Exploring Causes, Context, and Care-seeking Through Verbal Autopsy. Journal of Health Population and Nutrition; 27(2):293-302.
»   Kirti Iyengar, Ranjana Yadav, Swapnaleen Sen. 2012. Consequences of Maternal Complications in Women's Lives in the First Postpartum Year: A Prospective Cohort Study. Journal of Health Population and Nutrition; 30(2):226-240.
»   WHO. 2004. Making Pregnancy Safer: the Critical Role of the Skilled Attendant. A Joint statement by WHO, ICM and FIGO.
»   Oona M R Campbell, Wendy J Graham. 2006. Strategies for reducing maternal mortality: getting on with what works. The Lancet; 368: 1284–99.
»   Stories of Maternal Complication
»   Rules of the Game
»   Card game
»   Board Game
»   Safe Delivery
»   Verbal Autopsy of Maternal Deaths
»   Maternal Death Review: The Process.
   Reading Supplements
»   MOHFW. Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) Guidelines for Sub-Centres. Revised 2012. GOI
»   MOHFW. Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) Guidelines for Primary Health Centres. Revised 2012. GOI
»   MOHFW. Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) Guidelines forSub-District/Sub-Divisional Hospitals (31 to 100 Bedded). Revised 2012. GOI.
»    Proforma for IPHS facility survey for various institutions (Put all the 8 excel files as a zip file to download)
»   DEAD WOMEN TALKING II Learning from Women's Experiences, Report of a Workshop held between February 26- 28, 2014 at Mumbai. Organised by CommonHealth with CEHAT, SAMA, SOCHARA and SAHAJ.
   Reading Supplements
»   Maternal Death Review Guideline (in Hindi)
»   Case Studies for Role Play
»   Subha Sri, Sarojini N and Renu Khanna. 2011. Maternal Deaths and Denial of Maternal Care in Barwani District, Madhya Pradesh: Issues and Concerns. Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, CommonHealth and SAMA - Resource Group for Women and Health
»   Case study Savitha
»   Case study Kusuma
»   Case study Renuka
»   Case study Jyoti
   Reading Material
»   Format for compilation of maternal deaths

Understanding Maternal Health from a Gender and Rights Perspective : A Training Module for Advocates and Practitioners

          The presentations of the training module:

Workshop Reports

Short Course on “Making Pregnancy Safer” (MPS), Trivandrum, July 13-17, 2010

Member's Reports


Organisations working on CH Themes

Action Research and Training for Health (ARTH)

Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ)

Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT)

Centre for Study of Social Change (CSSC)

Deepak Foundation

Democratic Action

Grameen evam Nagar vikas Parishad, Patna, Bihar

Gramin Punarnirman Sansthan,

Institute of Public Health

Integrated Health And Development Agency for Weaker Community  (IHDAWC)

Kamana Sanstha

Lok Chetna Vikas Kendra (LCVK)

Population Foundation of India

Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC)

The Society for Health Alternatives (SAHAJ)

Shikshit Rojgar Kendra Prabhandik Samiti

Society for Development Action (SODA)

The Action North East Trust (the ant)

More Resource Web Links…

Arrow – MDG5 -
This website compares and contrasts national numeric reporting with data, local evidence, local research, audio and film files to show what the MDGs mean to the people they are meant to serve. Women are watching their governments to see if they will deliver on their promises………….

CEHAT (Centre for Enquiry Into Health and Allied Themes) is the research centre of Anusandhan Trust. CEHAT is  involved in research, training, service and advocacy on health and allied themes………

Demographic and Health Surveys - 
MEASURE DHS provides decision makers and program managers with the information necessary to plan, monitor, and evaluate population, health, and nutrition programs. MEASURE DHS also plays a major role in furthering international understanding of global population and health trends. MEASURE DHS activities support family planning, reproductive health, maternal health, child survival, and HIV/AIDS/STI programs through data collection, analysis, and evaluation designed to improve program performance and better understand program impact……..

Gains and Gaps – ICPD+15: A Civil Society Review in India -
Gains and Gaps, conducts an overview of key gains and challenges that have emerged in the last fifteen years since International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD, Cairo 1994)  in the context of health related policy and programming in India. It initiates advocacy efforts with policymakers, parliamentarians and international organisations. It raises awareness among multiple stakeholders about the significance of reproductive and sexual rights in the context of the existing health condition of specific vulnerable groups. It identifies areas for action for different stakeholders across sectors and regions to realize reproductive and sexual rights of various groups………………..

Guttmacer Institute -
The Institute produces a wide range of resources on topics pertaining to sexual and reproductive health, including International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (formerly International Family Planning Perspectives), the Guttmacher Policy Review and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. In 2009, Guttmacher was designated an official Collaborating Center for Reproductive Health by the World Health Organization and its regional office, the Pan American Health Organization. ………

International Consortium for Medical Abortion -
The International Consortium for Medical Abortion (ICMA) has brought together key players in the field, including advocates, service providers, policymakers and researchers from all regions of the world since 2002 to produce and disseminate information on medical abortion which is relevant to and focused on the needs of women in developing countries and countries in transition, including countries where abortion is unsafe or safe abortion is not accessible……

International Institute for Population Sciences -
The Institute was jointly established by The United Nations, the Government of India and the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, to serve as a regional center for teaching, training and conducting research in the area of population studies in the ESCAP region. Access unlimited resources….

Ipas -
Ipas is a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care, including counseling and contraception to prevent future unintended pregnancies……………

National Health Systems Resource Centre –
NHSRC is committed to facilitate the attainment of universal access to equitable, affordable and quality healthcare, which is accountable and responsive to the needs of the people. Access resources organisised on the thematic basis…………………….

National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) -
NIHFW is an Apex Technical Institute, funded by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, for promotion of health and family welfare programmes in the country through education, training, research, evaluation, consultancy and specialised services. It has a digital repository on themes pertinent to maternal health, newborn and child health………………..

National Family Health Survey, India -
The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) is a large-scale, multi-round survey conducted in a representative sample of households throughout India. Three rounds of the survey have been conducted since the first survey in 1992-93. The survey provides state and national information for India on fertility, infant and child mortality, the practice of family planning, maternal and child health, reproductive health, nutrition, anaemia, utilization and quality of health and family planning services. Each successive round of the NFHS has had two specific goals: a) to provide essential data on health and family welfare needed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and other agencies for policy and programme purposes, and b) to provide information on important emerging health and family welfare issues. ……

Population Council -
The Population Council’s Reproductive Health program strives to improve sexual and reproductive health, especially for vulnerable people in developing countries. The relationships we have cultivated enable us to tackle sensitive issues and to give voice to those groups who are most in need. To do this, the Reproductive Health program conducts both social science and biomedical research in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and at the Center for Biomedical Research in New York City……………..

Realising Rights Consortium -
The purpose of the Realising Rights consortium is to address the factors underlying the persistent low priority given to sexual and reproductive health and rights in policy and practice…….

Reproductive Health Matters -
Reproductive Health Matters (RHM) is an independent charity, producing in-depth publications on reproductive and sexual health and rights for an international, multi-disciplinary audience. Our publications are available in print and on the web by subscription in all developed countries and are distributed free to developing country institutions and organisations…….

Save the children -
Save the Children is a leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world.

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health -
PMNCH mission is to support the global health community to work successfully towards achieving MDGs 4 and 5*. This is expected to be done by enhancing partners’ interactions and using their comparative advantages to achieve the objectives…..

The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood -
The White Ribbon Alliance is an international coalition which pushes for change to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for women and newborns around the world…………..

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized through wider areas namely education, health, rights, gender and many more……………………….

Access the maternal health resources, statistics, publications and links to various other information…….

Women Deliver –
Women Deliver works globally to generate political commitment and financial investment for fulfilling Millennium Development Goal #5 — to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health…….