29 March 2014

Health of the National Rural Health Mission

The National Rural Health Mission was introduced as a
flagship scheme of the United Progressive Alliance
government in 2005-06 to address the needs of the rural
population through an architectural correction of the
health system. With the completion period drawing to a
close in 2012, this paper critically evaluates the success of
the intervention strategies under this scheme. Based on
rapid appraisal surveys in selected districts, three
common review missions by the Ministry of Health and
Family Welfare, and data reported on the NRHM website,
this paper attempts a desk review of the progress of the
mission with respect to its core strategies – provisioning
of health services to households through accredited
social health activists, strengthening rural public health
facilities, enhancing capacity of panchayats to control
and manage provisioning of health services and