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PHFI is catalysing change by:
- Building a trained public health workforce through world-class, India relevant educational courses and training programmes
- Supporting improvement of core public health programmes such as Immunisation; HIV/AIDS prevention; Allied Health workforce capacity building through technical assistance (as Technical Support Units) to Government of India and to the state governments
- Implementing public health projects across a wide range of areas such as Maternal and Child Health, Infectious disease surveillance and control and Chronic Diseases Prevention and Control
- Promoting policy and programme relevant research by filling critical information gaps, conducting health impact assessment and evaluating innovations for improving the outreach and effectiveness of health systems.
- Supporting policy development and launching advocacy initiatives for: advancing agenda of Universal Health Coverage; action against air pollution and its health effects; public health cadres, at state level; tobacco control.
Addressing the shortage of trained public health professionals and workers
Providing world class, India relevant programs – degree (Masters in Public Health), diploma (Public Health Management), certificate and online courses – offered by 4 Indian Institutes of Public Health at Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Delhi NCR and Bhubaneswar. Over 1000 plus graduates, 17,000 plus trained through short term programs, and over 1300 plus through distance learning.
Improving Immunisation Coverage rate among children
Through Immunisation Technical Support Unit (ITSU), PHFI is helping MoHFW in the expansion of immunisation coverage, improvement of quality, and introduction of new vaccines. PHFI has extended support to ‘Mission Indradhanush’ for targeted increase from 65% to 90% rate of coverage of full immunization among children.
Helping prevention and control of HIV/ AIDS in India
Supporting National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) as Technical Support Unit for stronger program implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Through another USAID supported program, helping scale up Targeted Interventions (50% increase), quality of reporting, and communication programs for increased awareness and better participation of private sector organisations.
Introducing Affordable Technologies – ‘Swasthya Slate’ for primary health care in rural communities
PHFI developed the ‘Swasthya Slate’, a unique tablet based, affordable and portable diagnostic platform for use by health workers in rural and/or remote areas of the National Health Mission. Deployed in J&K under RMNCH+A program, it has registered nearly 20,000 pregnant women, and has reported improved turnaround time for antenatal tests from 14 days down to 40 minutes.
Improving family health through Self Help groups (SHgs) led behaviour change program in rural communities
PHFI has provided technical support for introduction of maternal and neonatal health interventions through 50,000+ SHGs in 100 talukas (blocks) of Uttar Pradesh. The use of community platforms has led to an increased uptake of several health mediations in SHG households. This model has the potential for replicability across other SHGs in the country.
He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.