NGO’s Role in Community Based Monitoring of Primary Health Care Services for Dalit Women in Urban Slums

Sudeshna Mukherjee & Rashmi C.K

Centre for Women’s Studies, JnanaBharathi Campus, Bangalore University, Bangalore. Email:

Volume 9, Number 1, 2017 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v9n1.26

Received February 15, 2017; Revised April 15, 2017; Accepted April 20, 2017; Published May 7, 2017.


The discrimination and denial of health care is hardly recognised as a problem deserving attention. Being Dalit in India seriously impairs capabilities of persons to function in society. As one stands at the bottom of the social ladder, one’s risk of suffering premature death, poor health, and a lack of treatment and care is substantially higher than it is for the one with better socio economic position. (Vani etal; 2015, pp- 258). Dalit women are the vulnerable, the marginalised and the poor. With increasing urbanisation and migration, more and more dalit women are forced to live in abject poverty in the overcrowded slums. They are further rendered vulnerable to ill health, due to prevalent discriminatory practices found at the public health sector.  This paper presents a Case study of a Bangalore based NGO, “Society for Peoples Action for Development (SPAD)”, who initiated the strategic intervention with Dalit women in Bangalore slums to achieve Community Based Monitoring (CBM) at the public health sector for the improved access to health services – a key strategy employed by the National Health Mission to ensure that health services to reach those for whom they are meant (Garg and Laskar 2010).

Keywords: Solidarity groups, slums, dalit women, public health sector, health promotion.