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Participation for local action on improving maternal health services for the Soliga people

About the Implementing organization

Name: Zilla Budkattu Girijana Abhivruddhi Sangha

Country: India

Year of establishment: 2005

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status / Indigenous group or organization


The main goal of the study was to facilitate contextualisation of the safe maternal health services of the National Health Mission in areas with indigenous population, especially the forested regions in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka with the aim of improving access to services for this population. The Sangha took the lead in organising local meetings with tribal women and analysing the reasons behind poor birth outcomes of tribal women despite several schemes and services to improve maternal health.

Nature Element


Type of Action

Mainstreaming into sectors / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element


Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

Environmental Impacts

One of the aspects studied by the Sangha in this was the adverse impact of forest protection on human health. The fact that roads were not allowed to be made to several tribal villages, keeping conservation priorities in mind, ended up disadvantaging their maternal health. This is a complex issue at the interface of conservation and health and the only solution is a locally discussed and negotiated one with the participation of the tribal communities.

Sustainable Development Impacts

Maternal and children health goals of India remain relatively stagnant because of poor improvement of these outcomes among several tribal and other disadvantaged communities. Overall sustainable development requires adequate and equitable participation of tribal communities.


Potentially scale-able. The researchers involved in this project are writing up the lessons learned for possible scaling up to other tribal areas.


Replicable, but context-specific lessons need to be considered before advocating replication elsewhere.

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