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Cabinet apprised of the progress under National Health Mission


The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been apprised of the progress under National Health Mission (NHM). The Cabinet was also apprised of the decisions of the Empowered Programme Committee (EPC) and Mission Steering Group (MSG) of NHM.  National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was launched in April 2005 and it morphed into National Health Mission (NHM) with launch of National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) during 2013. Thereafter, NRHM and NUHM became two sub-missions under the overarching NHM.


Cabinet noted the progress under NHM including accelerated decline in MMR, IMR, U5MR and TFR. It also noted the progress in respect of various disease control programmes like TB, Malaria, Leprosy etc.

Implementation Strategy:

  • Facilitate increased access and utilization of quality health services by all.
  • Forge a partnership between the Central, state and the local governments.
  • Set up a platform for involving the Panchayati Raj institutions and community in the management of primary health programmes and infrastructure.
  • Provide an opportunity for promoting equity and social justice.
  • Establish a mechanism to provide flexibility to the states and the community to promote local initiatives.
  • Develop a framework for promoting inter-sectoral convergence for promotive and preventive health care.


  • Achievement of universal access to equitable, affordable & quality healthcare services that are accountable and responsive to people’s needs.

 In the period from 2012-13 to 2016-17, the amount released to States and UTs was 88,353.59 crore (including kind grants) while Rs 18,436.03 crore (including kind grants) was released to States and UTs during the financial year 2016-17.

NHM is implemented for universal benefit – i.e. entire population; services are offered to everyone visiting the public healthcare facilities; However during 2016-17, total people who availed Out-Patient services in public facilities was 146.82 Cr and 6.99 Cr people availed In-Patient services. Public health facilities carried out 1.55 crore surgeries during 2016-17.

It will cover all States and Districts in the country.

Programmes already running:

National Health Mission (NHM), has two Sub-Missions, viz. the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM). While NRHM was launched in April 2005, launch of NUHM was approved by the Cabinet on 1st May 2013. NHM envisages achievement of universal access to equitable, affordable & quality healthcare services that are accountable and responsive to people’s needs. The main programmatic components include Health System Strengthening in rural and urban areas, Reproductive-Maternal-Neonatal-Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH+A) interventions and control of Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases.

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