Innovative programmes and service delivery that enhanced family wellbeing: sharing of experiences/ Bhavna B Mokhopadhyay

Mokhopadhyay, Bhavna Banati (2012) Innovative programmes and service delivery that enhanced family wellbeing: sharing of experiences/ Bhavna B Mokhopadhyay. In: International Family Discourse "Catalysing innovative population & family development programmes:sharing best practices", 12-13 December 2012, Hotel Renaissance, Kuala Lumpur. (Unpublished)

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Health and socio-economic developments are so closely intertwined that is impossible to achieve one without the other. While India has been on the path of economic progress over the last decade, our health system is at crossroads today. Even though Government initiatives in public health have recorded some noteworthy successes over time, the Indian health system is ranked 118 among 191 WHO member countries on overall health performance. There are wide variations in health indicators across the States (11 states with a population of 60%, still have a TFR of over 3 whereas 6 states with 11.4% of the population, have already achieved replacement levels of fertility of 2.1. With this backdrop in order to reach the 1/3rd of country’s marginalized population living in the remote and difficult areas, Voluntary Health Association of India initiated a model project based on the key premise of social determinants of health in 17 settings. These projects could improve the health status and an overall well-being of the community through various socio-economic interventions. Keeping in view the experience of the civil society organizations over the last two decades, the Government of India has initiated various policies and programmes in the social sector. Some of the flagship programmes to improve the availability of and access to quality health care, especially for those residing in rural areas, the poor, women, and children, have been National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Although the programs have shown some positive outcome, the actual improvement in increasing the health expenditures and involvement of the states in poor performing high-focus states has been lower than what was desired. To ensure maximum output from future health sector reforms, it is essential to have a multi-sectoral approach; evolve partnerships, improve productivity of public spending and better utilization of resources along with an effective monitoring and strengthening ownership of programmes at the community level.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Author is an Executive Director, Voluntary Health Association of India
Keywords: Social Determinants of Health, VHAI, National Programmes, Khoj, Health Status
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 305 Social groups
Division/Agency/State: LPPKN - National Population and Family Development Board, Malaysia > Division of Population
Deposited By: Mrs Nor Azaian Abdullah
Deposited On: 27 Dec 2012 07:05
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2013 04:30

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