DoNER initiates 'Swasth Uttar Purv' to boost healthcare in northeast

Aiming to bring about change in the healthcare scenario and to bridge the gap of the northeastern region in health transformation as well as to enhance capacity building, an important project has been initiated by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), supported by the ministry of DoNER. Despite the region being the most vibrant in the country, it lags behind in key health indicators. Negligence, lack of awareness of health issues and lack of infrastructure and manpower has shrunk the overall development of the region.

The momentous ceremony was attended by a host of dignitaries, as well as people from all walks of life, who witnessed the launch of the much-needed health project. The initiative will help catalyze a trained workforce by imparting appropriate training in delivering healthcare. This project aims at building broad-based capacity within the health services, civil society, general public, and school system as well as within the media in order to deliver a variety of services ranging from both technology-enabled health services as well as health information, which can be transformational in terms of empowering people. Under the initiative, PHFI and DoNER will provide technical assistance to the state governments of North East and civil society partners for implementation of public health projects and programmes in the region.The initial duration of the project is for two years. This effort will be implemented in the first phase in four states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Mizoram and Assam.However, after successful demonstration of these efforts in phase 1, the activities will be scaled up to other states.However, for better implementation of this project the Public Health foundation of India is more likely to first start working with the healthcare professionals who are already positioned in government health services and try to increase their management capacity through a variety of training programmes. They also aim to identify primary health care providers and impart training to them, which would enable them to detect and prevent and appropriately manage a variety of chronic conditions. Under the initiative, PHFI will conduct various awareness generation programmes and cancer workshops.