Center for Enquiry Into Health and Allied Themes
Research Centre of Anusandhan Trust
Health and Human Rights
health care - a fundamental right
CEHAT, in Hindi is “Health”. CEHAT, is the research centre
Trust . It is involved in research, action, service
and advocacy on health and allied themes.
Anusandhan Trust is registered under the Bombay Public Trust
Act 1950 (Registration No. E-13480, Mumbai) and under the
Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 1976 (Registration
No.083780565). All Donations/grants to CEHAT must be in
favour of the Anusandhan Trust.
Socially relevant and rigorous academic health research
and health action at CEHAT is for the well being of the
disadvantaged masses, for strengthening people's health
movements and for realising right to health care. CEHAT
acts as an interface between progressive people's movements
Undertake socially relevant research and advocacy projects
on various socio-political aspects of health. Establish
direct services and programmes to demonstrate how health
services can be made accessible, equitably and ethically.
Disseminate information through databases and relevant publications,
supported by a well-stocked and specialised library
and a documentation centre, including our website, www.cehat.org
. We have over 9,000 books and reports, 4,000 reprints and
also various journals, newsletters, newspaper clippings,
databases and audiovisual material. The facilities are open
to researchers, students, activists, journalists, public
health workers and others.
OUR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
As a principle, we do not regard society as an object of
experimentation and data collection merely for intellectual
All efforts in CEHAT endeavour to create space for the participation
of people without compromising on academic rigour. Our ethical
guidelines for research are structured around informed consent,
confidentiality and relaying information back to relevant
segments of society. Projects are reviewed for their ethical
content by an Institutional Ethics Committee, a body consisting
of 6 external and 3 internal members.
A Social Accountability Group, comprising individuals other
than the CEHAT team and Anusandhan Trust members, periodically
evaluates our functioning as an institution.
We are a multi disciplinary team with training and experience
in Medicine, Life Sciences, Economics, Social Sciences,
Social Work, Journalism, Library & Information Science
We have a democratic and participatory mode of decision-making.
While trustees of the Anusandhan Trust constitute the Governing
Board, the Working Group elected by the staff members directs
the day-to-day functioning of CEHAT . The Coordinator is
appointed by the Trust and is the ex-officio member of the
WG. Each member is evaluated annually by a panel of two
members of which one is chosen by the candidate and the
other by the WG. The coordinator is similarly evaluated
by a panel from the trustees.
OUR INITIATIVES (1994 - 2002)
CEHAT's projects are based on its ideological commitment
and priorities, and are focused on four broad themes:
Services and Financing
Legislation, Ethics & Patients' Rights
and Treatment of Psycho-Social Trauma
An increasing part of this work is being done collaboratively
and in partnership with other organisations and institutions.
How can you work with corporates, sponsors, other NGOs,
schools, hospitals, Rotaries, govt?
- corporates for fund raising - awareness campaigns
- NGOs- partners in various advocacy campaigns
- schools- Guest lectures on the issues of health
and human organising compeititions, dramatics, debate, street
plays on various issues
- hospitals- e.g. working at Bhabha counselling centre-
- Rotaries- awareness on laws, health issues
and human rights
- Govt- resaearch and advocacy
If you can give a talk of 15-20 minutes to a Rotary
Club or Ladies Association, please state:
1) human rights and women rights-
especially in indian context- all types
2) violence against women
3) sex selection and sex determination
4) demystifying laws
5) right to health care campaign
- full-time 40
- part-time 2
- volunteers 5
Survey No. 2804 & 2805, Aaram Society Road,Vakola,
Mumbai 400 055.
Tel: 26673571, 26673154
Karmayogi: Ms. Kamayani
Jesani: Graduate in medicine. Has
been involved for almost two decades in social sciences
health research, with experience in trade unions, working
class and human rights organisations. He was the founder
coordinator of CEHAT from 1994-1999.
During 2000 -2002 was Programme Coordinator at
the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies (Thiruvananthapuram).
Presently works as a freelance consultant on ethics and
health and human rights issues.
Mankad: Graduate in medicine. He is a leading
spokes person on Primary Health Care in Maharashtra. He
was director of VACHAN, a Nashik based NGO, for
nine years. Presently Managing Trustee of Anusandhan Trust.
Gupte: Masters in microbiology. She is a leading
spokesperson at the National level on Women’s rights and
health issues. A founder trustee of MASUM, a grassroots-level
woman centered development organisation based in Pune.
Deshpande: Graduate in medicine. Involved for
more than a decade in school health education and training
of Village Health Workers. Has prepared training manuals
and conducts health training of teachers in schools.
Doctorate in sociology. Women’s rights, health
activist, journalist and editor
Doctorate in economics. Women’s rights, and social activist.
Has made important contribution to women’s studies and
gender economics. Presently, Professor and Head Dept.
SNDT University, Mumbai.
COORDINATOR (since Nov. 1999)
Masters in sociology and business management. Has been
involved in social sciences and health research for over
two decades. Has done pioneering work on health financing/economics,
private health sector, and health systems and policies.
with FRCH for more than a
decade as a senior researcher and was country coordinator
of Swissaid, a NGO donor agency based in Switzerland.
He has also worked as a fulltime WHO consultant in the
Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and was a
member of the 9th
Five year Plan sub-committee on Health Financing Strategies.
He has authored over 80 papers and articles and 15 Books
and Research Reports.