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Public Health India Score- (PHIN) is a compilation of key documents, reports, publications, experiments, events and initiatives of Public Health Policy and System Development in India since Independence. It hopes to disseminate important and historical contributions to India relevant public health by asking the participants to assess themselves with the list of ten groups of resources and ten key items in each. Together they form a list of hundred resources that every public health professionals or activist in India should be aware of.

The Public Health India Score was developed by Dr. Ravi Narayan of the Centre for Public Health and Equity as a guide for people working in public health and community health in India.

Download the PHIN Score Sheet to evaluate your knowledge of public health in India.


Policy Documents

1. National Health Policy (1983)

2. National Education Policy (1986)

3. National Education Policy for Health Sciences (1989)

4. National Population Policy (2000)

5. National Health Policy (2002)

6. National Policy and Programmes on Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (2002)

7. National Pharmaceutical Policy (2002)

8. Karnataka State Integrated Health Policy (2003)

9. National Rural Health Mission - 2005-2012

10. National Knowledge Commission- Report of the Working Group on Medical Education and Education for Community Health. 2007

Expert Committee Reports

1. Health Survey and Development Committee (Bhore Committee), 1946

2. Health Survey and Planning Committee (Mudaliar Committee), 1961

3. Committee on Multi Purpose Health Workers under Health and Family Welfare Programmes (Kartar Singh Committee), 1973

4. Group on Medical Education and Support Manpower (Srivastava Committee), 1975

5. Committee on Drugs and Pharmaceutical Industry (Hathi Committee), 1975

6. Health For All: An Alternative Strategy (ICSSR- ICMR), 1981)

7. Expert Committee on the Public Health System (Bajaj Committee 2), 1996

8. National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, 2005

9. Annual Report to the People on Health, 2010

10. High Level Expert Group Report on Universal Health Coverage for India - (GOI-Planning Commission-2010).

Key monographs and reference books

1. Alternative Approaches To Health CareICMR, 1976

2. Evaluation Of Primary Health Care ProgrammesICMR, 1980

3. Appropriate Technology For Primary Health Care - ICMR, 1981

4. Health and Family Planning Services in IndiaDebabar Banerji, 1985

5. Anubhav Series - Experiences in Community Health - Ford Foundation, 1987 and Reaching India's Poor: Non-governmental Approaches to Community Health - Saroj Pachauri, 1994

6. State of India's Health - VHAI, 1992

7. Report of the Independent Commission on Health in India - VHAI, 1997

8. Towards Equity, Quality and Integrity in Health: Report of the Task Force on Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka, 2001 PDF

9. Review of Health Care in India - CEHAT, 2005

10. Report of the Task Force on Medical Education for The National Rural Health Mission - MoHFW, 2006

Key publications of the alternative sector

1. In Search Of Diagnosis - mfc, 1977

2. Poverty, Class And Health Culture – Debabar Banerji, 1982

3. Health Care: Which Way To Go? - mfc, 1982

4. Rakku's Story: Structures of Ill-Health and the Source of Change - Sheila Zurbrigg, 1984

5. Under The Lens: Health and Medicine - mfc

6. Taking Sides: The Choices Before The Health WorkerC. Sathyamala

7. Medical Education Re-Examined – 1991 - mfc

8. People's Health in People's Hands – N.H. Antia and Kavita Bhatia, 1993

9. Health For All Now! A People's Health Resource BookJSA, 2000

10. The Rights Approach to Health and Health Care – Policy brief - Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, 2000

Projects/experiments of national public health significance

1. Narangwal Project PDF

2. Najargarh Project Project write-up on Ministry website

3. Singur Project - Article link

4. Gandhigram Institute of Rural Health and Family Welfare

5. Chittaranjan Mobile Hospitals - No. 139 on this list

6. Reorientation of Medical Education (ROME) Scheme], 1976

7. Expanded Programme of Immunisation

8. Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme

9. Community Health Workers – Janata Scheme 1977 Article link

10. State Health Systems Resource Centre and Mitanin Programme

National institutes of public health significance

1. All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata

2. National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi

3. Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

4. National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai

5. National Institute of Communicable Diseases, New Delhi

6. National Tuberculosis Institute, Bangalore

7. National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad

8. National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi

9. National Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad

10. National Health Systems Resource Centre, New Delhi

Public health and community health resource centres and networks

1. Anusandhan Trust (CEHAT, Mumbai; SATHI, Pune and CSER, Mumbai)

2. All India Drug Action Network

3. Catholic Health Association of India, Secunderabad

4. Christian Medical Association of India, New Delhi / Bangalore

5. Foundation for Research in Community Health, Mumbai

6. Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s Health Movement - India)

7. Medico Friend Circle

8. Public Health Resource Network

9. Society for Community Health Awareness, Research and Action, Bangalore

10. Voluntary Health Association of India, New Delhi

Significant public health events and developments (Mainstream)

1. Calcutta Declaration, 1999

2. South East Asia Public Health Education Information Network, 2003

3. National Consultation on Institutes of Public Health in India, 2004

4. NRHM – Advisory Group for Community Action, 2005

5. Public Health Foundation of India, 2006

6. Public Health Global Network, 2008

7. Strengthening Epidemiological Principles for Public Health Action, 2009

8.Consultation on Public Health Workforce, 2009

9. Indian Public Health Standards, 2010

10. Indian Public Health Association and Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine

Significant public health events and developments (Civil Society)

1. Indian People's Health Charter, 2000

2. Community Health Environment Skill Shares(CHESS) , 2002

3. The Mumbai Declaration, 2004

4. Pre Election Policy Briefs/ Health Manifestos for 2004 and 2009.

5. National Human Rights Commission – Right to Health Initiative including Peoples Health Tribunals

6. Second National Health Assembly, 2007

7. Learning Programmes for Community Health and Public Health- Report of a National Workshop

8. People’s Rural Health Watch, 2009

9. South East Asia Regional Conference on Epidemiology, 2010


International events that affected India

1. Alma Ata Declaration - WHO UNICEF, 1978

2. Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion, 1986

3. World Development Report – Investing in Health, 1993

4. Millennium Development Goals, 1999

5. People’s Charter for Health and the Peoples Health Movement, 2000

6. Commission on Macro Economics and Health, 2003

7. Global Health Watch – I (2005), II – (2008) and III- (2011)

8. International People’s Health University, 2005

9. The World Health Report, 2008- Primary Health Care- Now More Than Ever, 2008

10. WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, 2008

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