Public-Private Deal Rejuvenates Healthcare in Rajasthan – At a Cost

Monday, May 23, 2016

In the women’s ward, two newborns are sleeping beside their mothers, one of whom is happy because hers is a boy. The other is unhappy because her child is a girl, and her sixth daughter.

The ward is in the primary healthcare centre (PHC) at Bhatodi, in the middle of the countryside, on Highway No 12 in Rajasthan.

For Rakeshi, 30, from Bana village, another girl is not the best news. Asked what name she will give her, she shrugs: “I’m tired of naming girls. You give her a name.”

Her latest experience at the centre has been very different to previous ones. Three of her daughters were born here. “There were no curtains and the lights and fans didn’t work. Two dirty beds were stacked up against a wall. One bed was available and it had no sheets. I got a sheet from home,” Rakeshi says.

Source: The Guardian (link opens in a new window)

Health Care
public health, public-private partnerships