Jharkhand

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Rural2419430,011
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Jammu & Kashmir

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Rural221436,652
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Meghalaya

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Rural59189
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Tripura

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Mizoram

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Manipur

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Nagaland

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Rural29177
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Assam

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Aspirational7551,110222
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Sikkim

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Rural427641
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Bihar

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Rural5857,205
Aspirational2241,539
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Chhattisgarh

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Rural2714619,523
Urban193,600
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Odisha

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Rural15568,807
Urban1111621
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Madhya Pradesh

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Rural5229249,252
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Maharashtra

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Rural17361,114
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Karnataka

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Rural66254,554
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Goa

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Rural2274
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Kerala

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Rural14152941
Urban10
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Gujarat

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Rural332499,231
Urban607,5008
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Uttar Pradesh

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Rural30510
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Rajasthan

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Rural14543,242
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Delhi

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Rural11
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Uttarakhand

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Rural139516,826
Urban5143
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Punjab

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Himachal Pradesh

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Rural12305,934
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Community Action for Health

The Community Action for Health, earlier known as Community Based Monitoring and Planning (CBMP), is a key strategy of the National Health Mission (NHM), which places people at the centre of the process of ensuring that the health needs and rights of the community are being fulfilled. It allows them to actively and regularly monitor the progress of the NHM interventions in their areas. It also results in communities participating and contributing to strengthening health services. Thereby, Bringing Public into Public Health. Read More>>


Pilot Phase

The Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA) guided the implementation of a pilot on community action for health in 1,620 villages across 36 districts in nine states between 2007 and 2009, which was supported by the MoHFW. An external evaluation of the pilot phase observed the following outcomes:

  • The process empowered the community, especially marginalised groups to engage with Health Department
  • Strengthened service delivery and facilitated communities in availing health entitlements – with improved range, access and quality of services
  • Enabled planning and corrective action
  • Brought accountability among the service providers in relation to service delivery and meeting community needs.
The key recommendations from the evaluation include:
  • Institutional support mechanism should be developed at the state level and below to guide scaling up of community action processes
  • Continued technical and financial support from the MoHFW is essential to ensure the process continues to be implemented in the pilot states as well as initiation in other states.
  • Enabled planning and corrective action Read More>>

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Bridging the Digital Divide – Connecting Communities with Health Systems through virtual Jan Samwad

The platform of Jan Samwads (Public Dialogues) is an important mechanism to seek community feedback on health services and redress grievances under the National Health Mission (NHM). These events are usually organised bi-annually at the Primary Health Center (PHC), block and districts levels.

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Scaling – up

Began as a pilot process in 9 states between 2007-2009, the CAH processes are currently being implemented in 24 states/UTs of the country covering 2,24,186 villages in 372 districts including 51 aspirational districts, and 72 cities during the FY 2020-21.

Technical support provided to the states by the AGCA and AGCA Secretariat over the last one year to strengthen and scale-up implementation of CAH includes the following:

  • A set of five guidance notes developed and disseminated on:
    • Roles and responsibilities of Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committees (VHSNCs) and Panchayat Members
    • Roles and responsibilities of Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS)
    • Roles and responsibilities of Mahila Arogya Samitis (MAS)
    • Roles of Resident Welfare Associations
    • Standard Operating Procedures for organisation of Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Day (VHSND) and of the Urban Health and Nutrition Day (UHND).
  • Facilitated 77 online trainings to strengthen engagement of VHSNCs, MASs, and RKSs in COVID-19 mitigation. 2,876 state and district nodal officers from 12 states participated.
  • Facilitated planning meetings and mentoring sessions on COVID 19 mitigation. 1,631 state and district NHM officials from six states: Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Assam, Nagaland and Tripura, attended.
  • Documented and disseminated 17 good practices with state governments on community engagement initiatives during COVID-19.
  • Developed and widely shared three videos on initiatives undertaken by frontline workers in managing COVID-19 across the state, and an animation clip on roles and responsibilities of VHSNCs.
  • Three innovation briefs on community mobilisation and monitoring of Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) services; Social audit of health services; and Strengthening Rogi Kalyan Samities, were translated into Hindi and printed.
  • Community monitoring of health services were resumed in four states: Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar and Gujarat.
  • Initiated virtual Jan Samwads in Bihar and Rajasthan to enable community interactions and engagement with health officials during COVID-19.
  • Provided support to 15 state governments in developing the communitisation components of the State Programme Implementation Plans (PIPs).

Disclaimer: Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will be segregated upon receiving the co-ordinate code for Ladakh.

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