Scaling up Rural Health Services- A Proposal to Launch Two Model Districts in India

Lead PI: Dr. Nirupam Bajpai

Unit Affiliation: Center for Sustainable Development (CSD)

July 2010 - June 2016
Asia ; India
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The Model Districts project is launched five districts in 2010-2011 to serve as regional pilots for scaling up innovations and quality improvements targeting overall health systems strengthening across rural India. The Model Districts scale‐up model is supported by a robust baseline and monitoring and evaluation plan, pilot interventions at the block level, growth and expansion to the district level based on learning exchanges within and across districts, and finally national level scale‐up through policy adaptation and replication.

OUTCOMES: Increased access to safe delivery by improved birth planning, referral services, timely incentives, support for delivery accompaniment , and wider coverage of skilled attendance services, including emergency obstetric care. Improved availability of treatment for childhood illness, and increased coverage of childhood immunizations.


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


global health healthcare model districts project