Health For All: An Alternative Strategy
SynopsisIndian Council for Social Science Research and the Indian Council for Medical Research. It is the third report of the joint venture between these two organisations. The study group was constituted by the ICSSR under its programme of studies on 'Alternatives in Health' under the chairmanship of Dr. V. Ramalingaswami. It brought together specialists in the field of medicine, nursing and health care to study various aspects of delivery systems and to suggest changes to improve the health status of the Indian population.
The report presents an alternative model of health care services with a 20 year perspective to ensure Health For All by the year 2000. The alternative model - democratic, decentralised, participatory and economical - seeks to integrate preventive and curative functions and to combine the best elements in the tradition and culture of the people of India with modern science and technology. In focusing on a comprehensive national policy of health and a new operational strategy, the report is intended to be a basic document to initiate a nation-wide debate on the subject as well as positive action towards certain radical changes to correct the imbalances in the health care system.
The report was set in the context the failures of the imported, top heavy, centralised, elite-oriented model of health care delivery that characterised the first 30 years of Indian independence. It was a move beyond merely reproducing Western social institutions, services and values in the area of health to creating a health care delivery system that was more relevant to India.
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