Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Program | 06 Jun 2019

The central government, Tamil Nadu and the World Bank have signed a $287 million loan agreement for the “Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Program

  • The Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Program will support the state government:
    • To achieve national accreditation for primary, secondary, and tertiary-level health facilities in the public sector. Strengthen physicians, nurses and paramedics through continuous medical education.
    • To strengthen the feedback loop between citizens and the state by making quality and other data accessible to the public.
    • To improve the quality of healthcare, reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and fill equity gaps in reproductive and child health services.
    • To promote population-based screening, treatment and follow-up for NCDs, and improve monitoring and evaluation.
    • To strengthen the lab services and health provider capacity to address mental health.
    • To tackle road injuries, the programme will improve in- hospital care, strengthen protocols, strengthen the 24x7 trauma care services and establish a trauma registry.

NITI Aayog Health Index

  • The Tamil Nadu ranks third among all Indian states in the NITI Aayog Health Index.
  • The state’s maternal mortality rate has declined from 90 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2005 to 62 deaths in 2015-16.
    • Infant mortality has declined from 30 deaths per 1000 live births to 20 in the same period.