National Health Authority Current Affairs - 2020

USAID to provide 3 million USD for India’s PAHAL project

On May 1, 2020, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it is to provide 3 million USD for India’s PAHAL project. PAHAL is Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity.

Highlights

Till now, USAID has provided 5.9 million USD. The funds that have been allocated recently are to be used to disseminate public health messages to the public, to provide care to the affected and to strengthen surveillance and case finding.

The USAID will also help National Health Authority to establish financial facility to mobilize resources from private sector. With this more than 20,000 health facilities will be benefitted that are enrolled in Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.

USAID

The United States Agency for International Development is responsible for administering foreign aid. With the budget of more than 27 billion USD, USAID is one of the largest financial aids in the world. USAID provides funds for poverty relief, disaster relief, technical cooperation and socioeconomic development.

PAHAL scheme

PAHAL scheme is a joint initiative of USAID and IPE. The main objective of the scheme is to provide quality and affordable health care solutions to urban poor. The main aim of the project is to reach 10 million poor in India by 2020. This will help reduce out of pocket expenditure of the underserved urban communities by 30%.

National Health Authority partners with Uber: Dedicated Transport Services for Health care workers

The National Health Authority has partnered with Uber India to provide dedicated transport services to the health care workers that are involved in treating COVID-19 patients.

The Plan

UBER is to facilitate 150 free cars in the major cities such as Kanpur, New Delhi, Patna, Prayagraj, Ghazidabad, Noida and Lucknow. The facility is being launched under the name “UberMEdic Service”. These vehicles are to equipped with a roof to floor plastic enclosing that will act as a protective barrier between the driver and the rider.

National Health Authority

The NHA is the apex body that implements ayushman Bharat. It was established in 2018. The National Health Agency was replaced with National Health Authority. It is governed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The Health Minister is the chairperson of the MHA board. There are 11 members in the board.

The authority sets up payment mechanisms for health care workers. It also frames treatment protocols, data privacy rules, fraud prevention, etc.