Under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM),the state government is planning to establish a State Public Health Resource Institute (SPHRI) to assist the state unit of the mission in various training and research programmes. The proposal for establishing the institute under the mission director (MD) has been sent in the project implementation plan (PIP) of the state for 2012-13,which is awaiting the approval from the Centre.
There is a lot of work under NRHM done arbitrarily with no planned support system,like designing the IEC materials,doing research and imparting training to the doctors and other health staff. The institute is expected to help us in conducting these activities in a planned manner, said Mukesh Meshram,mission director,NRHM.
A proposal of Rs 6.6 crore has been sent to the Centre for the establishment of the institute. As per the proposal,the aim of the institute would be to impart training to doctors,paramedics as well as other health workers from time to time under NRHM. The institute will also help the NRHM unit and Director General Health as well as Family Welfare to develop the state action plans under the mission. Further,it will assist the mission by designing and carrying out surveys and research work as well as rapid assessments and analysis of the health prohrammes under NRHM.
The institute will have five academic departments,including Public Health Administration and Hospital Management,Reproductive and Child Health and Family Planning,Disease Control,Sanitation and Nutrition,Social Sciences,Medical Waste Management and Environment,and Hospital Management Information System. At a later stage,the institute also plans to introduce degree and diploma courses in Public Health and Management for service doctors,paramedics and outside students. Most of the faculty members of the institutes will be kept on contract basis.
The institute will also establish a digital and print public health library,maintaining international,national and state data base of essential medical statistics, the proposal said. The library is expected to cost approximately Rs one crore. The institute will also coordinate with other national and international health organisations for technical guidance and support,said Meshram.
SPHRI was proposed to be established in the first phase of NRHM which ended this year for better implementation of the mission. However,in spite of approval from the Government of India,the state government was not able to establish the institute so far.