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Role of Healthcare Initiative in achieving 'Mission Swasth Bharat'
'Mission Swasth Bharat' is a mission that has been taken up by the Healthcare Initiative (HCI) that emphasizes on the efficient healthcare ecosystem in order to boost the overall medical infrastructure in India.

The HCI has been considered as an apex agency to empower the entire healthcare infrastructure which works on its vision and policy by providing financial requirements to strengthen the healthcare initiatives in India.     

In order to achieve the mission of Swasth Bharat, there is a need of maintaining the 'Sustainable Healthcare System' in India. To achieve the mission of Swasth Bharat successfully, HCI's new model is based on the creation of the efficient Health Care Ecosystem that is Energy Efficient, Environmentally Responsible & Sustainable.

Healthcare Initiative shall be one of the key focal areas in the upcoming Global Partnership Summit (GPS) that is scheduled to be held in Aero City, New Delhi from December 11-14, 2017.

The Healthcare Initiative based upon the People Public Private Partnership (PPPP) model, is making efforts to create a platform in order to provide affordable healthcare to all. It will be completely managed and integrated by Healthcare Initiative Operating System (HCIOS) that is developed based on cutting edge and user-friendly technology.

Besides that, HCIOS will empower HCI to overcome all challenges such as reach-ability, logistics, affordability, reliability and sustainability towards healthcare services.

But, India's healthcare sector has to deal with a plethora of challenges such as poor infrastructure, insufficient skilled manpower, poor accessibility of medical services; especially in rural areas, lack of sanitation, and ineffective healthcare services among others.

Overall, India's existing healthcare infrastructure is just not enough to meet the needs of the population of the country. Despite India's impressive economic growth, only 66 per cent population in urban areas has accessibility to hospital beds. But, the most shocking fact is that around 75 per cent rural people travel more than 5 km to access healthcare services while 30 per cent of Indians don't have access to primary healthcare facilities.

Apart from that, India has one of the lowest per capita healthcare expenditures in the world, which has been one of the major challenges for the healthcare infrastructure. According to the report, around 76 per cent Indians do not spend their money on health insurance.

Besides that the pathetic conditions in government-run hospitals in India is another major challenge for the healthcare infrastructure. As per the World Bank Database, around 70 per cent public hospitals are poorly managed, ill-equipped and hardly maintained.

However, the government has taken many initiatives to strengthen its flagship healthcare programme - National Health Mission, which is categorized into two parts - 'Rural Health Mission' and 'Urban Health Mission'.  

ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists), Rogi Kalyan Samiti (Patient Welfare Committee), The Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committee (VHSNC), Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), National Mobile Medical Units (NMMUs), AYUSH, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) among others, are such healthcare programmes run by the Central government in rural areas. Similarly, many healthcare programmes are run by the Central government in urban areas too.

Furthermore, a roadmap has been designed to accomplish the Swasth Bharat Mission with the cooperation of the Healthcare Initiative (HCI) and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare - Government of India in association with India Center Foundation (ICF).

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