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Systematic documentation of interventions through social platforms of marginalized populations for addressing maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality: Uttar Pradesh, India

Population Council India conducted this research as part of the TRAction-funded Recognition and Care Seeking project.  The purpose of the research was to examine the process around recognition of and decision-making for seeking treatment/care and its sequence among the families of women who experienced post-partum hemorrhage or maternal death within the last 6 months and of newborns who experienced an illness or died within the first 28 days of life within the last 6 months.

Health Behavior Change Communication Through Social Platforms

Research Overview

Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana (RGMVP) is a community-based flagship program that aims to reduce poverty and empower women living among marginalized sections of the rural population, and has been operating in Uttar Pradesh since 2002. RGMVP organizes women into Self Help Groups (SHGs) to enhance their economic and social inclusion and empower them to demand their entitlements provided by government. Between January 2011 and March 2013, a health behavior change communication model (HBCM) was introduced through the SHG platforms.


The neonatal mortality rate in India in 2014 was 44 per 1,000 live births. According to World Bank data, the maternal mortality ratio in 2015 was 174 per 100,000 live births.  In an effort to lower the prevalence of maternal and neonatal deaths in India, TRAction is working in the area of recognition and care seeking for maternal and newborn health complications.

Analyzing Sanitation and Population Density: a Multi-Country Review

Research Overview

This study is a desk review of existing data, based on Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), census, and World Bank Water and Sanitation Program data. The purpose of the study is to more fully characterize the relationship between sanitation, population density, and fecal-associated health problems.  




Strategies for Improved Cookstove Adoption in India

Research Overview

Duke University, in close collaboration with local implementing partners TERI and Chirag, aimed to apply behavior change theories to test interventions for increasing the adoption and correct use of improved cookstoves. Working from the household production framework, Duke hypothesized that for a household to purchase an improved cookstove, the perceived benefits must outweigh the costs of the change. They sought to design an intervention that would promote these benefits and overcome the costs or challenges associated with stove adoption.


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