India launches national rural health mission

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 21 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:920
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    The Indian government announced a plan to increase staffing levels and improve the infrastructure in rural hospitals last week. It also intends to use village women to track the health needs of their own communities.

    The health ministry has ear-marked 67bn rupees (£0.8bn; $1.5bn; €1.2bn) this year (2005-6) for the National Rural Health Mission, dubbing it a fresh effort to correct “striking inequalities” between urban and rural health services in India. …

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