A Healthy India in Seven Steps

Augustine Veliath Outlines Seven Steps to Make India a Healthy Nation of Healthy States.

Every Indian has the right to the highest attainable standard of health. The country  already has  the medical knowledge and technology to save millions of lives, what we lack is a sense of emergency, a sense of compassion and fairness to our teeming millions who are marginalized and excluded and  an effective system to deliver care.Empowering health professionals to do their best, wherever they work within the system, is the best way to realize a sustainable health system that delivers quality health care .

Here are seven steps to make India a healthy nation of healthy states.

It is not difficult to see India as  a  united nation, with many of its states having more population than many  of the large  member countries of United Nations.Health besides is a state subject. So here is what the states and the Centre do to make  health for all a reality for all states and districts in India.

Here is the simple formula for realizing global health by 2030:

Every state  must have a state  health plan that progressively improves the efficiency of health system to implement its disease control and prevention programs through a network of population-based private and government-run facilities.To prevent getting overwhelmed, we must aim at reaching at least 5% of the formula every year over the next 15 years. Here is the to-do list for each state to implement the global health formula:

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A Healthy Nation in 7 Steps

  1. Every public and private healthcare facility must have a defined coverage area and a known denominator to report to the state and  national health information system that is linked to the global health information system.
  2. Every state  must have a number of well-designed health programs (MCH, FP, TB, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, NCD, etc.) that are implemented through the state network of healthcare facilities with the technical assistance of the Ministry of Health at the  Centre.
  3. Every state  must have a health facility plan to increase or reduce the number healthcare facilities where needed depending on population growth, density and needs.
  4. Every healthcare facility must have water and electricity and be staffed according to internationally accepted standards.
  5. Every private facility must be accredited and part of the state and  national health information system as well.
  6. Every state must develop an appropriate cadre of primary health care providers to meet the needs of every citizen through public and private training institutions in accordance to the national health workforce development plan.
  7. Every health provider will have a tablet and internet access and access to up to date clinical, management and health information. Every provider will be responsible for providing primary health care services to a defined population. Private providers will report what populations they are as registered patients to prevent overlap.


This blog is adapted for India from an article by Dr.Elvira Beracochea, MD. MPH founder, president, and CEO, Realizing Global Healthhttp://www.realizingglobalhealth.com/what-we-stand-for/

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