National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
The Hon'ble Prime Minister launched the NRHM on 12th April, 2005 throughout the country with special focus on 18 States, including eight Empowered Action Group (EAG) States, the North eastern States, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. NRHM seeks to provide accessible affordable and quality health care in the rural population especially the vulnerable sections. It also seeks to reduce the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in the country from 407 to 1,00,000 live births, infant and the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) from 3.0 to 2.1 within the 7year period of the mission. The key features in order to achieve the goals of the Mission include making the public health delivery system fully functional and accountable to the community, human resources management, community involvement. Decentralization, rigorous monitoring & evaluation against standards, convergence of health and health related programmes from village level upwards, innovations and flexible financing and also interventions for improving the health indicators.
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