During the end of 2005, Prayas set up an advocacy and research unit in Jaipur called Centre for Health Equity. The centre carries out equity related research in health systems and engages in various legislative and executive advocacy. The objectives of the center are to:

  • Study health equity status and avoidable differences in health and other social, political and economic issues which have a bearing on people’s health
  • to build a strong network of organisations which are sensitised on health rights and create opportunities for constructive dialogues and action around public health issues
  • provide technical inputs based on facts and evidences from the ground to help government, civil society members and development agencies to frame effective policies, programs and activities to improve health care services.

The centre has been widely advocating for accountable governance in health care and has been striving to protect people’s health rights, especially those of the poor and the marginalised. Since its inception it has been spearheading community action for health, innovative trainings and workshops, networking, and policy action and research on various issues related to public health. It has been conducting studies on access to free medicines and diagnostics, prescription patterns of medical care providers, out of pocket expenditure on health etc and has been organizing regional and national level programs to forge deliberations and discussions around critical health issues. The centre also documents incidents of violation of health rights and denial of health care services and advocates for systemic and policy reforms to prevent reoccurrence of similar incidents. It has lately been serving as secretariat for campaigns around promotion of rational treatment, access to free medicines and diagnostics, transparency and accountability in public health system, sexual and reproductive health rights etc in the state of Rajasthan. Its thrust areas thus include:

  • Equity in health and health services
  • Access to free medicines and diagnostics
  • Rational use of drugs
  • Gender and health rights
  • Health care resource and budget analysis
  • Right to health care and patients’ rights
  • Private health care sector regulation
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Coercive population policies and programs
  • Addressing declining sex ratio

The centre also co-ordinates Jan Swasthya Abhiyan’s (JSA) activities in Rajasthan. JSA is the Indian chapter of global People’s Health Movement (PHM) which is a network of grassroots health activists, civil society organizations and academic institutions advocating for people’s health rights.