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Improving maternal health through social accountability: a case study from Orissa, India

Campbell, Catherine, Papp, Susan A. and Gogoi, Aparajita (2013) Improving maternal health through social accountability: a case study from Orissa, India. Global Public Health, 8 (4). pp. 449-464. ISSN 1744-1692

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17441692.2012.748085


As maternal health specialists accelerate efforts towards Millennium Development Goal Five, attention is focusing on how to best improve service accountability to target communities as a strategy for more effective policy implementation. We present a case study of efforts to improve accountability in Orissa, India, focusing on the role of local women, intermediary groups, health providers and elected politicians. We highlight three drivers of success:(1) the generation of demand for rights and better services,(2) the leverage of intermediaries to legitimise the demands of poor and marginalised women and(3) the sensitisation of leaders and health providers to women's needs. We use the concepts of critical consciousness, social capital and 'receptive social spaces' to outline a social-psychological account of the pathways between accountability and service effectiveness.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Routledge
Divisions: LSE Health
Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 15:10
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:00

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