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Kayakalp: An Initiative for Award to Public Health Facilities
May 27, 2015

The Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare launched Kayakalp—an initiative for awards to public health facilities. With it also released the Swachchta Guidelines for Public Health Facilities.

  • ‘Kayakalp’ initiative will encourage every public health facility in the country to work towards standards of excellence to help the facilities stay clean and hygienic.

  • This does not apply only to physical cleanliness, but to develop and put in place systems and procedures for activities such as bio-waste disposal or protocols etc.

  • The initiative towards total ‘Swachchta’ in public health facilities is aimed towards building confidence of the users in public health facilities, provide quality service and encourage team work.

  • The Health Ministry invited various stakeholders, people, NGOs, voluntary organisations etc., to participate in this endeavour and share the responsibility for cleanliness of the health facility.

  • Health Secretaries of the states urged to involve the public representatives, MLAs and MPs of their areas in this initiative.

  • This initiative will provide an opportunity and incentive to strengthen inter-sectoral coordination in improving health systems at the state level.

  • Five awards will be given under this scheme: Best two district hospitals in each state (Best district hospital in small states), best two community health centres/sub-district hospitals (limited to one in small states) and one primary health centre in every district. Based on the set criterion, prize winners will receive a cash award with a citation.

  • First rank and second rank awardees at district level hospital will get Rs. 50 lakhs and Rs. 20 lakhs respectively. While Rs. 15 lakhs and Rs. 10 lakhs are proposed for community health centres/sub-district hospitals for the same criteria and winner at primary health centre will get Rs. 2 lakhs under this scheme.

  • Certificate of Commendation plus cash award would also be given to such facilities that score over 70%, but do not make it to the list of top two/one in a particular year, which is proposed as Rs. 3 lakhs for district hospital, Rs. 1 lakh for community health centres/sub district hospitals and Rs.50, 000 for primary health centre.

  • The awards would be distributed based on the performance of the facility on these parameters- sanitation and hygiene, infection control, hospital upkeep, waste management, community participation assessment would be done sequentially through a 3-tier system—internal assessment followed by peer assessment and then external assessment.

The objectives of the award scheme are to promote cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices in public health care facilities, to incentivize and recognize such public healthcare facilities that show exemplary performance in adhering to standard protocols of cleanliness and infection control, to inculcate a culture of ongoing assessment and peer review of performance related to hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation, to create and share sustainable practices related to improved cleanliness in public health facilities linked to positive health outcomes.


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