The Government of India is committed to ensuring highest possible level of health and well-being for all, through a preventive and promotive health care orientation in developmental policies and universal access to good quality health care services without anyone having to face financial hardship.
To fulfil this vision, the Government of India conceptualized ‘Ayushman Bharat’ (Healthy India), a flagship initiative that attempts to move away from sectoral and segmented approach of service delivery to a comprehensive need-based health care service. Ayushman Bharat adopts a two-pronged approach. Firstly, the creation of health and wellness centres to bring health care closer to homes. Secondly, the formulation of a National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) to protect poor and vulnerable families against financial risk arising out of catastrophic health episodes. The AB-NHPM is one significant step towards achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Development Goal - 3 (SDG3).
For focused approach and effective implementation of AB-NHPM, an autonomous entity, the National Health Agency (NHA) was constituted. Established as a Society on 11th May 2018, the National Health Agency is registered under the Society Registration Act, 1860. The State Governments are expected to similarly set up State Health Agencies (SHA) to implement AB-NHPM.
The National Health Agency (NHA) will provide overall vision and stewardship for design, roll-out, implementation and management of Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) in alliance with state governments. Inter-alia, this will include, formulation of AB-NHPM policies, development of operational guidelines, implementation mechanisms, co-ordination with state governments, monitoring and oversight of AB-NHPM amongst other.
The National Health Agency will play a critical role in fostering linkages as well as convergence of AB-NHPM with health and related programs of the Central and State Governments, including but not limited to Ayushman Bharat - Comprehensive Primary Health Care, the National Health Mission, RSBY to name a few.
The NHA will lead the development of strategic partnerships and collaborations with Central and State Governments, civil society, financial and insurance agencies, academia, think tanks, national and international organizations and other stakeholders to further the objectives of AB-NHPM.
The National Health Agency will provide technical advice and operational inputs, as relevant, to states, districts and sub-districts for AB-NHPM including formulating standards/ SOPs/guidelines/manuals to guide implementation, identification of capacity gaps and related trainings, development of health information and IT systems, facilitating cross-learnings, documentation of best practices, research and evaluation and undertake associated administrative and regulatory functions as a Society.