This book presents a systematic mid-term evaluation of the processes of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), India’s biggest rural health program. Data from District Level Health Surveys (DLHS), National Family Health Surveys (NFHS) and Sample Registration System (SRS) as well as primary data collected from field surveys and interviews with health functionaries have been utilized for undertaking empirical analysis in the study. The book draws from data collected in field visits in the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. After assessing the NRHM processes and progress achieved so far, it discusses important ground realities, identifies the gaps and bottlenecks in the implementation of the Mission and recommends corrective actions.

Health Sector in Rural India

Health sector in rural India

INDIA'S ACHIEVEMENTS in the field of health leave much to be desired and the burden of disease among the Indian population remains high. Infant, childs and maternal mortality and morbidity affect millions of children and women. Infectious diseases such as malaria and TB are reemerging as epidemics and there is the growing specter of HIV/AIDS. Many of these illnesses and deaths can be prevented and/or treated cost- effectively with primary healthcare services provided by the public health system. An extensive primary healthcare infrastructure provided by the government exists in India. Yet, it is inadequate in terms of population coverage, especially in rural areas, and grossly underutilized because of the dismal quality of healthcare being provided. In ...

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