Model Districts in India: Request for 3 Additional Districts

Lead PI: Dr. Nirupam Bajpai , Yanis Ben Amor

Unit Affiliation: Center for Sustainable Development (CSD)

July 2011 - June 2016
Asia ; India
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The Model Districts project launched 5 districts as regional pilots for scaling up innovations and quality improvements targeting overall health systems-strengthening across rural India It aims to demonstrate the required interventions to narrow the gaps in 5 regionally representative districts by targeting interventions and public health spending at the intersection of 6 areas of health systems strengthening (infrastructure, data management, governance, financing, supply chain management, and frontline health worker capacity) and 5 areas along the continuum of care for mothers and children (antenatal care, safe delivery, immediate postnatal care, early childhood development and nutrition, and routine and sick child care).

OUTCOMES: Comprehensive, high‐quality antenatal care available at village and household level for women in rural areas, through targeted follow‐up using mother‐child tracking systems, availability of job aids and mobile phone‐based learning tools for health workers, improved training for frontline health workers, targeted, demand‐side financing and use of untied funds, improved planning for village health and nutrition days, and technological solutions for real‐time reporting on supply stocks and equipment requirements.


IKEA Foundation




Kavita Ahluwalia, Monisha Bajaj, Denise Burnette, Radhika Iyengar, Wahida Karmally, Huma Kidwai, Shreyanka Rao, Doug Ready, Shilpi Sharma


Millennium Villages Project Health Team, Teachers College, School of Social Work, College of Physicians & Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine, Columbia Global Center -South Asia



governance nutrition supply chain management financing healthcare safe delivery global health immediate postnatal care model districts project frontline health worker capacity data management early childhood development antenatal care infrastructure child care


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