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Reality behind Odisha’s dying infants -Vidya Krishnan

squo;s not all. If the State government manages to cross all the hurdles, there is one last stumbling block — New Delhi. Under the National Health Mission (NHM) (earlier known as the National Rural Health Mission) most health interventions were funded by the Central government. “As a result, State governments started putting money in other areas instead of pooling the resources. So, money was spent on drug procurement and constr

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India free of maternal, neonatal tetanus: WHO -Sushmi Dey

vided the synergistic lift-off to make maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination a reality. The government also promoted institutional deliveries in India through its flagship social sector scheme National Rural Health Mission, which is mainly focused on the poor. WHO, however, pointed that efforts cannot stop here. "Unlike smallpox and polio, tetanus cannot be eradicated as tetanus spores remain stubbornly present in the environment worldw

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Socio Economic Caste Census: Has It Ignored Too Many Poor Households? -NC Saxena

s necessary if there are programmes and benefits exclusively targeted at the poor. A large number of flagship programmes are universal, such as the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Mid-Day Meal (MDM), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), and so on. Then there are programmes which could be called “BPL Plus,” such as the Rashtriya

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India sees dip in malnutrition, still trails sub-Saharan Africa

s and said the data on the website was provisional. But their counterparts in the health ministry said the improved results could be indicative of the success of UPA’s flagship schemes like the National Rural Health Mission. “The key to the progress of the country lies in reducing maternal and child mortality and morbidity. Over the years, the Centre has taken many initiatives and results are now becoming evident. After the laun

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More tears for Maggi than for cuts in govt’s health spends -Indranil Mukhopadhyay

for lower spending by the Centre? States’ balance sheets reveal a different story. Recent trends show that the States are absorbing more Central funds following the introduction of the flagship National Rural Health Mission. During 2008-09 and 2012-13, expenditure by States increased by seven percent, after adjusting for rise in prices (Fig 3) while Union Government expenditure plateaued. States like Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan ha

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Roadmap to Tackle Under-Nutrition Among Tribal Children

/programmes of various Ministries/Departments through State Governments/UTs. These schemes, interalia, include Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) of Ministry of Women and Child Development, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Mid Day Meals Scheme of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Drinking Water & Total Sanitation Campaign of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation and Targeted Pub

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A sketchy road map for health policy -Nidhi Khurana

osed to 4 to 5 per cent of GDP) is premised on a fallacious argument of low absorptive capacity and inefficient utilisation of funding. The NHP refutes itself while describing the main reason for the National Rural Health Mission's failure to achieve stronger health systems: "Strengthening health systems for providing comprehensive care required higher levels of investment and human resources than were made available. The budget received and the

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National Health Policy 2015: A Narrow Focus Needed -Javid Chowdhury

onal Health Policy 2015, which is in the process of being finalised, should, in place of the earlier "broadband" approach, adopt a "narrow focus" on primary healthcare through the National Rural Health Mission. The latter has focused on primary healthcare and has shown visible results. A slew of suggestions as to how this can be done are made in this article. Javid Chowdhury ( is a retired IAS offi ce

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Band-aid solutions for health problems -Shamika Ravi & Rahul Ahluwalia

actually spend less on their healthcare (as a percentage of GDP) than India, yet both have better outcomes. Within India too, the draft policy notes that States with better capacity have utilised the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) funds more effectively, while States with poorer initial conditions have been left with worse outcomes. The fundamental difference lies in management and governance structures. Criticality of administration T

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This time we should get health right -Santosh Mehrotra

ing is 70% of total health spending. People prefer private providers in India since public services do not exist in the vicinity, and when they do exist they are not available 24x7. Despite the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the shortfall in public health infrastructure at the end of the 11th Plan (2012) was: 20% for sub-centres, 24% for primary health centres and 37% for community health centres. The number of 24x7 facilities incre

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