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-Eastem States, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
The Union Cabinet vide its decision dated 1st May 2013 has approved the launch of National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) as a Sub-mission of an over-arching National Health Mission (NHM), with National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) being the other Sub-mission of National Health Mission.
The NRHM seeks to provide accessible, affordable and quality health care to the rural population, especially the vulnerable sections. 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 and evaluation against standards, convergence of health and related programmes form village level upwards, innovations and flexible financing and also interventions for improving the health indictors.
In the 12th Five Year Plan period, efforts will be made to consolidate the gains and build on the successes of the Mission to provide accessible, affordable and quality universal health care, both preventive and curative, which would include all aspects of a clearly defined set of healthcare entitlements including preventive, primary and secondary health services.
At the national level, the targets are as under :
Reference : www.nrhm.gov.in