Advisory panel of NRHM meets to review the progress of programme

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New Delhi, Feb 9 (UNI) The third meeting of the International Advisory Panel on National Rural Health Mission (NRHM met here today and reviewed the progress made by the flagship programme of the UPA government which has changed health care structure at the grassroot level.

Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss headed the Advisory Panel meeting which discussed process of health structure reforms, human resources required at different levels and new training in public health, decentralization and local management.

Financing, including insurance and risk protection for the poor, improving nutrition and maternal and child health was also deliberated.

The meet focused on addressing emerging non communicable diseases and public health approaches for HIV/AIDS, malaria, kala-Azar and tuberculosis.

Public - Private Partnership for providing essential health services and affordable high-tech health care were also deliberated.

The issue of Governance and delivery of health services and reaching out to the tribal population and underserved areas was emphasised during the meeting.

The first meeting of the Advisory Panel was held on August 3, 2006 at which several health sector issues like contextualizing NRHM within the public health framework, consensus and focus on health sector reforms across various States and quality, training and career progression for the health manpower were deliberated.

Under NRHM over 4 Lakh trained ASHAs/Community Workers are working actively in the field to connect households with health facilities.

Out of them 1.86 lakhs have drug kit as well.

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