National Health Mission Current Affairs - 2019

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CCHFW – Conference of Central Council of Health and Family Welfare

The 13th Conference of Central Council of Health and Family Welfare was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. The conference is to be held for one and half days on various issues in seven sessions.

About the Conference

The purpose of the conference is to build a consensus on National wealth priorities. It includes Universal Health Coverage through various flagship programs like Ayushman Bharat, National Control of Tuberculosis Program, National Nutrition Mission, etc. The conference also aims to promote steps towards the target of National Health Policy 2017, that is, to allocate 2.5% of GDP to health by 2025.

Highlights

  • The conference is to be conducted on 4 pillars of healthcare namely
    • Universal Health Coverage
    • Mission mode interventions
    • Quality and accessible affordable healthcare services
    • Adequate Infrastructure
  • At the inaugural function the Union Health Minister Dr Harsha Varshan released the following reports
    • National Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy Survey India (2015 – 19)
    • Report on National Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy survey India (2015 – 19)
  • The minister also unveiled leaflets on Suicide Prevention marking the World Mental Health Day
  • The following guidelines were released
    • Guidelines on Drugs and Diagnostic Service Initiative
    • Guidelines for Biomedical Equipment Management and Maintenance Program
    • Guidelines for Peritoneal Dialysis under Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Program.
  • SUMAN – Surakshit Matritva Aashwasam – A new initiative for zero preventable maternal and new born deaths was launched.

Issues included in the agenda of the conference

  • Strengthening National Health Mission
  • Control programs for TB, Vector Borne diseases, Leprosy, Viral Hepatitis
  • National AIDS program
  • Reproductive health
  • Cardio – vascular diseases, Non – communicable diseases
  • Regulation in medical education
  • National Organ Transplant program
  • Clinical establishment acts

WHO – India Country Cooperation Strategy 2019 – 2023

The Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) is a document of WHO that guides countries for a medium term. The cooperation supports the country’s national health policy, plan and strategy. The strategy generally identifies the country needs, gaps and required areas of strategic collaboration.

CCS for India 2019

The CCS for India is to achieve its health sector goals. It intends to bring about transformative change in the health sector by improving health of the people in the country. The Union Minister launched the WHO – India CCS for the years 2019 to 2023.

Strategy

The strategy is basically built on India’s National Health Policy 2017 and Ayushman Bharat mission. The strategies have been identified in 4 areas of cooperation namely

  • Accelerating the progress of UHC
  • Identifying health determinants and promoting health and wellness by improving the determinants
  • Providing better health emergency services to protect the population
  • Enhancing India’s global leadership in health.

Other initiatives of India

For the past 5 years, India has been stressing the need to adopt healthy lifestyle. This has been done through mass yoga programs, Fit India movement, Eat right India movement, Poshan Abhiyan, etc. As compared to the schemes in the past that focused on providing sufficient food, recently the government is focusing on healthy food and diet. Various awareness campaigns are conducted to spread the importance of nutritious diet. Through Clean India Mission, the government intended to keep the disease causing germs away.