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Are village health sanitation and nutrition committees fulfilling their roles for decentralised health planning and action? A mixed methods study from rural eastern India

  • Aradhana Srivastava1,
  • Rajkumar Gope2,
  • Nirmala Nair2,
  • Shibanand Rath2,
  • Suchitra Rath2,
  • Rajesh Sinha2,
  • Prabas Sahoo1,
  • Pavitra Mohan Biswal2,
  • Vijay Singh2,
  • Vikash Nath2,
  • HPS Sachdev3,
  • Jolene Skordis-Worrall4,
  • Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli4,
  • Anthony Costello4,
  • Audrey Prost4 and
  • Sanghita Bhattacharyya1Email author
BMC Public HealthBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201616:59

Received: 23 July 2015

Accepted: 6 January 2016

Published: 22 January 2016

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Original Submission
23 Jul 2015 Submitted Original manuscript
29 Sep 2015 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Liz Comrie-Thomson
19 Oct 2015 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Usha Salagame
18 Nov 2015 Author responded Author comments - Aradhana Srivastava
Resubmission - Version 2
18 Nov 2015 Submitted Manuscript version 2
14 Dec 2015 Author responded Author comments - Aradhana Srivastava
Resubmission - Version 3
14 Dec 2015 Submitted Manuscript version 3
6 Jan 2016 Editorially accepted
22 Jan 2016 Article published 10.1186/s12889-016-2699-4

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Authors’ Affiliations

Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India
Ekjut, Chakradharpur, India
Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi, India
Institute for Global Health, University College London, London, UK