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National Health Mission - Preamble


National Health Mission

The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was formally launched in Uttarakhand State on 27th October 2005 by Hon'ble Cabinet Health Minister Dr. Anmbumani Ramadoss with the objective to provide accessible, affordable and quality health care to the rural population, especially the vulnerable groups. The Union Cabinet vide its decision dated 1st May 2013, approved the launch of National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) as a Sub-mission of an over-arching National Health Mission (NHM), with National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) being the other Sub-mission of National Health Mission.

NRHM seeks to provide equitable, affordable, and quality health care to the rural population, especially the vulnerable groups. The thrust of the mission is on establishing a fully functional, community-owned, decentralized health delivery system with inter-sectoral convergence at all levels, to ensure simultaneous action on a wide range of determinants of health such as water, sanitation, education, nutrition, social and gender equality. Institutional integration within the fragmented health sector was expected to provide a focus on outcomes, measured against Indian Public Health Standards for all health facilities. The key features in order to achieve the goals of the Mission include making the public health delivery system fully functional and accountable to the community, human resources management, community involvement, decentralization, rigorous monitoring & evaluation against standards, the convergence of health and related programmes from village level upwards, innovations and flexible financing and also interventions for improving the health indicators.

Goal & Objectives:

  • Reduction in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR).
  • Universal access to public health services such as Women’s health, child health, water, sanitation & hygiene, immunization, and Nutrition.
  • Prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, including locally endemic diseases.
  • Population stabilization- Gender and demographic factors.
  • Access to integrated comprehensive primary health care.
  • Revitalize local health traditions and mainstream AYUSH.
  • Promotion of healthy life styles.

Mission and Vision

The vision is to provide universal access to equitable, affordable and quality health care services which is accountable at the same time responding to the needs of the people.

State and District level Society and Mission have been constituted for effective implementation of various programmes under NHM.