Common Health


across the globe, we are united in our dedication to children’s rights

Our Vision

CommonHealth envisions a societythat ensures the rightto the highest attainable standards of reproductive andsexual health for all, especially for women andmarginalized communities in India.

Thematic areas of Common Health

CommonHealth aims to raise visibility of the unacceptably high mortality and morbidity among pregnant women while also highlighting the lack of access to safe abortion services in different parts of the country with a focus on marginalised communities.

Maternal Health

Highlight the unacceptable levels of maternal mortality andmorbidity that persist among poor and vulnerable sections as anissue of quality of care as well as an issue of violation of women’srights.

Advocate for accessible, appropriate, quality, respectful andwomen-centred maternal health care services across the country.

Promote health system strengthening through accountabilitymeasures involving local communities.

Key achievements of CommonHealth

An evaluation of CommonHealth’s body of work over the last 12 yearshighlighted the following achievements:

Dead Women Talking, a study of maternal deaths carried out indifferent parts of the country, emerged as the most impactful workas it increased visibility of maternal deaths – both nationally andglobally. The study resulted inthe incorporation of Maternal DeathReviews as one of the responsibilities of a number of district levelhealth committees.

Training on safe abortion helped members understand access tosafe abortion as a rightsissue.

Timely information is provided to members in the form of factsheetsand throughthe CommonHealth listserv.

CommonHealth pioneered the “Creating Common Ground”agenda for activists working to prevent sex-selection and thoseworking to promote access to safe abortion, in order to expand theconstituency supporting the demand for safe abortion services.

CommonHealth’s Advocates’ Guide for Rights-basedContraceptive Services will soon be converted into a tool to monitorthe service provision of contraceptives in different settings.

The coalitioncontributed to the civil society shadow report for theConvention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women,Universal Periodic Review, Millennium Development Goals andSustainable Development Goals.

Steering Committee


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