National Health Policy - 2017: Specific Goals and Objectives

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in its meeting on 15.3.2017, has approved the National Health Policy, 2017 (NHP, 2017). It aims at achieving universal health coverage and delivering quality health care services to all at affordable cost.

The indicative, quantitative goals and objectives are outlined under three broad components viz. A. Health status and programme impact, B. Health systems performance and C. Health system strengthening.

A. Health Status and Programme Impact

1. Life Expectancy and healthy life

  1. Increase Life Expectancy at birth from 67.5 to 70 by 2025.
  2. Establish regular tracking of Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) Index as a measure of burden of disease and its trends by major categories by 2022.
  3. Reduction of TFR to 2.1 at national and sub-national level by 2025.

2. Mortality by Age and/ or cause

  1. Reduce Under Five Mortality to 23 by 2025 and MMR from current levels to 100 by 2020.
  2. Reduce infant mortality rate to 28 by 2019.
  3. Reduce neo-natal mortality to 16 and still birth rate to "single digit" by 2025.

3. Reduction of disease prevalence/ incidence

  1. Achieve global target of 2020 which is also termed as target of 90-90-90, for HIV / AIDS i. e,- 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, - 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV infection receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
  2. Achieve and maintain elimination status of Leprosy by 2018, Kala-Azar by 2017 and Lymphatic Filariasis in endemic pockets by 2017.
  3. To achieve and maintain a cure rate of > 85% in new sputum positive patients for TB and reduce of new cases, to reach elimination status by 2025.
  4. To reduce the prevalence of blindness to 0.25/ 1000 by 2025 and disease burden by one third from current levels.
  5. To reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory diseases by 25% by 2025.

B. Health Systems Performance

1. Coverage of Health Services

  1. Increase utilization of public health facilities by 50% from current levels by 2025.
  2. Antenatal care coverage to be sustained above 90% and skilled attendance at birth above 90% by 2025.
  3. More than 90% of the newborn are fully immunized by one year of age by 2025.
  4. Meet need of family planning above 90% at national and sub national level by 2025.
  5. 80% of known hypertensive and diabetic individuals at household level maintain ‘controlled disease status’ by 2025.

2. Cross Sectoral goals related to health

  1. Relative reduction in prevalence of current tobacco use by 15% by 2020 and 30% by 2025.
  2. Reduction of 40% in prevalence of stunting of under-five children by 2025.
  3. Access to safe water and sanitation to all by 2020 (Swachh Bharat Mission).
  4. Reduction of occupational injury by half from current levels of 334 per lakh agricultural workers by 2020.
  5. National/ State level tracking of selected health behaviour.

C. Health Systems strengthening

1. Health finance

  1. Increase health expenditure by Government as a percentage of GDP from the existing 1.15% to 2.5 % by 2025.
  2. Increase State sector health spending to > 8% of their budget by 2020.
  3. Decrease in proportion of households facing catastrophic health expenditure from the current levels by 25%, by 2025.

2. Health Infrastructure and Human Resource

  1. Ensure availability of paramedics and doctors as per Indian Public Health Standard (IPHS) norm in high priority districts by 2020.
  2. Increase community health volunteers to population ratio as per IPHS norm, in high priority districts by 2025.
  3. Establish primary and secondary care facility as per norms in high priority districts (population as well as time to reach norms) by 2025.

3. Health Management Information

  1. Ensure district-level electronic database of information on health system components by 2020.
  2. Strengthen the health surveillance system and establish registries for diseases of public health importance by 2020.
  3. Establish federated integrated health information architecture, Health Information Exchanges and National Health Information Network by 2025.