Union Cabinet’s approves the launch of NUHM as a sub-mission under the National Health Mission (NHM)

The National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) will be launched as a new sub-mission under the extensive National Health Mission (NHM), as approved by the Union Cabinet. The Union Cabinet had already approved the continuation of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and the other sub-mission under NHM till 2017.

Focus of NUHM: Primary health care needs of the urban poor.

Key proposals approved under NUHM scheme:

  • One Urban Primary Health Centre (U-PHC) for every fifty to sixty thousand population.
  • One Urban Community Health Centre (U-CHC) for five to six U-PHCs in big cities.
  • One Auxiliary Nursing Midwives (ANM) for 10,000 population.
  • One Accredited Social Health Activist ASHA (community link worker) for 200 to 500 households.

Cost and Coverage

  • Estimate Cost of NUHM for 5 years: Rs.22,507
  • Centre-State funding ration: 75:25 (except for North Eastern states and other special category states of Jammu and  Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand for whom the funding pattern will be 90:10)
  • To be implemented in 779 cities and towns with more than 50,000 population and will cover about 7.75 crore people.

Expected positive impact:

  • Reduction in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR)
  • Reduction in Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR)
  • Universal access to reproductive health care
  • Convergence of all health related interventions.

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