Comprehensive Rural Health Project

Impact Assessment for the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP)

The Comprehensive Rural Health Project, (CRHP) based in Jamkhed, India, has been performing community-based healthcare for over thirty years. This program trained local women to convey health information and shake loose antiquated and harmful notions of medicine prevalent in rural India. Preliminary results coming from the project suggest impressive effects, including a 68% decrease in infant mortality along with other sizeable reductions in illness and fatality. If these results are correct, the CRHP model could be an important strategy that may be implemented in other high mortality regions of India and Africa. However, no rigorous evaluation of the impact has been completed to date.  Effective Intervention is performing the first rigorous analysis of the program and we aim to publish results from the study in 2008.

This project is collaboration with: Australian International Health Institute, Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Effective Intervention, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the University of Pune. 

Dr. Raj Arole, Founder, CRHP