This document presents the key results of a recent research on the health care system of the Indian Sundarbans. It is based on a series of studies carried out during the earlier part of the year 2009 in the Indian part of the Sundarbans – a cluster of islands with extreme geo-climatic challenges and spread over 19 blocks in West Bengal. The document is expected to serve two purposes: (1) based on recent evidences it attempts to highlight the need for a special attention to the Sundarbans’ health service delivery system, and (2) it presents a broad framework of a health plan especially targeted to improve the system and make it work more for the poor and vulnerable groups of population in the islands. Given that fact that the Sundarbans represent a typical fragile and hard-to-reach pocket within a state, the initiative may also be considered as a learning platform for other similar fragile states in India and in other developing countries.
Kanjilal, B.; Mazumdar, P.G.; Mukherjee, M.; Mondal, S.; Barman, D.; Mandal, A.; Singh, S. Health care in the Sundarbans (India): Challengesand plan for a better future. (2010) 106 pp.