Vol. 4, Issue 6 (2017)
Need of improving availability of skilled human resources for strengthening delivery of public health services in India
Author(s): Rajnish Ranjan Prasad, Shrutika Badgujar
Abstract: Provision of quality, affordable health services, closer to the beneficiaries is very important for ensuring good health of the people. India has made tremendous improvement, in last few decades, on most of the health-related indicators. Despite of this progress, several health challenges still remain in the country. India has missed the targets set, under the framework of MDGs, for reduction in maternal and infant mortality. Also, burden of Non-communicable diseases is continuously increasing and India has highest number of people with the diabetes and hypertension problem. The dual burden of diseases is putting enhanced pressure on India’s stretched public health system. One of the critical challenge faced in the delivery of public health services in the country, is severe shortage of skilled Human Resources. The delivery of public health services cannot be strengthened without ensuring availability of required skilled HR and this shortage has led to decrease in availability and quality of healthcare services and high inequities in utilization of health services.