National Institute of Health & Family Welfare (NIHFW) is an Apex Technical Institute, funded by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for promotion
of Health and Family Welfare programmes in the country through education, training, research, evaluation, consultancy and specialised services.
NIHFW was established on 9th March, 1977 by merger of National Institute of Health Administration and Education (NIHAE) and National Institute of Family Planning (NIFP).
NIHFW is currently headed by Director Prof. J.K.Das.
Values and Priority Areas
* Market Orientation
* Health & related Policies
* Public Health Management
* Health Sector Reforms
* Health Economics & Financing
* Population Optimisation
* Reproductive Health
* Hospital Management
* Communication for Health
* Training Technology in Health
AREAS OF CONCERN
* Rural Health (Theme 2005: National Rural Health Mission)
* Health of Urban Slum Dwellers
* Tribal Health
* Inter& Intersectoral Coordination
* Community Ownership
* Public-Private Partnership
* Human Resources for Health
* Financial Management
* Social /Community Health Insurance
* Care of Elderly
* Gender Sensitivity & Care of Girl Child
* Adolescent Health
* Emergency Contraception
* Population Education
* Medical Ethics
* Health Legislations
* Medical Waste Management
* Health Informatics
* Quality in Health Care
* Replicating Best Practices
1. To strengthen educational activities and establish NIHFW as Deemed University/ National University:
* M.D. in Community Health Administration as well as Diploma in Health Administration to be more practical and field oriented.
* PG Certificate Courses on Health & Family Welfare Management as well as Hospital Management could be upgraded to Diplomas/expanded to S.E. Asian countries (This year these courses have been made open for ISM&H graduates also).
* Newer courses related to Health Policy & Planning, Health Management, Health Economics, and Communication etc.
* PG applied courses like MPH in collaboration with National/International Institutes of repute.
2. To develop training policy for health personnel in the country, to train master trainers for management development and to conduct focused and limited training activities.
* Professional Development Course for all Dy. /Senior Medical Officers likely to become CMOs of Districts (Rolled out this year to 12 collaborating institutes)
* Other special & newer courses viz. for State & District Programme Management Unit Officials
* Courses on demand e.g., on Decentralisation
* Technical inputs /Rolling out part by NIHFW
* Bilateral exchange training courses
* International training courses
3. To increase liaison with Centre and States.
* Contribution towards policies, planning & development of monitoring mechanisms
* Undertaking programme evaluation, Management Unit Officials
* Training as per needs e.g., Health management for Chief Medical Officers (CMOs)
* Research on specific problems
4. To increase networking with Institutions.
* Computer / IT networking with IIPS, IIMs, PRCs, SIHFWs, big NGOs and global centres in health management field
International networking for collaborative training & research on priority areas
5. To undertake policy and action research.
* For workable solutions to existing problems
* For replication of Best Practices
* Even policies at micro level
6. To do focused documentation.
* Analytical documentation of different data sources
* Documentation of success stories (Compilation has been done regarding success stories in Southern States)
7. To further activate revenue generation.
* Charging for training courses
* Royalty through patents
* Institutional & individual consultancies
* 15-20% Institutional charges under projects
* Letting out Institutional facilities
8. To reallocate finances/institute expenditure reforms.
* Outsourcing printing, transport, duplication etc
* Secretarial & support staff on contract
9. To build staff capability & reduce shortage.
* Visiting Faculty/faculty on contract
* Systematic Career Development plan
* Local Field Investigators
* Senior Residents
* Performance based rewards
10. To undertake advocacy role for bringing a social change.
* On relevant public health & family welfare issues
A. Revival of Consortia for the thrust.
* Multidisciplinary for each thrust area
* Even sub-groups e.g., IT & BCC
B. Advisory Group and Task Force/Working Group approach on project/activity basis for the subject areas of concern.
C. Structural and Functional Reorganisation.
* Greater autonomy on the pattern of IIMs/IITs
* Establish Regional Centres/Network with State Institutes.
* Strengthen existing Departments/Convert to Schools in the long run
* Start Health Financing & H. Economics Department
* Start Depts. for Life Style Disorders/Non Communicable Diseases
* Formation of Consortia for thrust areas
* Formation of Advisory Groups and Task Forces/Working Groups as and when required
* Depts. only to provide technical inputs e.g., Printing Press & Reprography could be under Administration for service functions
* Registrar/Joint Director - For administration, finance & all service units
* Dean- Full time. Not for coordination but in charge of academic activities
* Establishment of International class hostel
* Establishment of regular Estate Management Unit