Goals for Health and family Welfare Programmes

sl.                           Goals
No.       Indicator      Current level       1985      1990      2000
1         2                   3              4         5         6    

 1. Infant mortality rate Rural 136 (1978)    122
                         Urban  70  (1978)     60
                          Total 125 (1978)    106       87     below 60
     Perinatal mortality         67 (1976)                        30-35

 2. Crude death rate      Around 14            12      10.4         9.0

 3. Pre-school child
   (1-5yrs.) mortality    24(1976-77)      20-24      15-20          10

 4. Maternal mortality rate  4-5(1976)        3-4       2-3     below 2

 5. Life expectancy
   of birth (yrs.)       male 52.6 (1976-81) 55.1      57.6          64

 6. Babies with birth weight
   below 2500 gms.(percentage)     30        25        18            10

 7. Crude birth rate   Around      35        31        27            21

 8. Effective couple protection
  (percentage)              23.6(March,82) 37.0        42            60

 9. Net Reproduction Rate(NRR) 1.48(1981)   1.13        1.17         1.0

10. Growth rate (annual)     2.24(1971-81)  1.90        1.66         1.2

11. Family size               4.4(1975)      3.8                     2.3

12. pregnant mothers receiving
    ante-natal care(%)        40-50        50-60       60-75         100

13. Deliveries by trained birth
    attendants(%)             30-35           50          80         100

14. Immunisations status (% coverage)
   TT (for Pregnant women)      20            60         100         100

   TT (for school children)
               10years                        40         100         100

               16years          20            40         100         100

   DPT(children below 3 years)  25            70          85          85

   Polio (infants)               5            50          70          85

   BCG (infants)                65            70          80          85

   DT(new school entrants(5-6yr)20            80          85          85

   Typhoid (new school entrants
   5-6years)                     2            70          85          85

15. Leprosy---percentage of 
    disease arrested cases out
    of those detected           20            40          60          80

16. TB---percentage of disease
    arrested cases out of those
    detected                    50            60          75          90

17. Blindness-Incidence (%)    1.4             1         0.7         0.3


During the last three decades and more, since the attainment of Independence, considerable progress has been achieved in the promotion of the health status of our people. Smallpox has been eliminated; plague is no longer a problem; mortality from cholera and related diseases has decreased and malaria brought under control to a considerable extent. The mortality rate per thousand of population has been reduced from 27.4 to 14.8 and the life expectancy at birth has increased from 32.7 to over 52. A fairly extensive network of dispensaries, hospitals and institutions providing specialised curative care has developed and a large stock of medical and health personnel, of various levels, has become available. Significant indigenous capacity has been established for the production of drugs and pharmaceuticals, vaccines, sera, hospital equipments, etc.

The existing picture

In spite of such impressive progress, the demographic and health picture of the country still constitutes a cause for serious and urgent concern. The high rate of population growth continues to have an adverse effect on the health of our people and the quality of their lives. The mortality rates for women and children are still dis- tressingly high; almost one third of the total deaths occur among children below the age of 5 years; infant mortality is around 129 per thousand live births. Efforts at raising the nutritional levels of our people have still to bear fruit and the extent and severity of malnutrition continues to be exceptionally high. Communicable and non- communicable diseases have still to be brought under effective control and eradicated. Blindness, Leprosy and T.B. continue to have a high incidence. Only 31% of the rural population has access to potable water supply and 0.5% enjoys basic sanitation.

High incidence of diarrhoeal diseases and other preventive and infectious diseases, specially amongst infants and children, lack of safe drinking water and poor environmental sanitation, poverty and ignorance are among the major contributory causes of the high incidence of disease and mortality.

The existing situation has been largely engendered by the almost wholesale adoption of health manpower development policies and the establishment of curative centres based on the Western models, which are inappropriate and irrelevant to the real needs of our people and the socio-economic conditions obtaining in the country. The hospital-based disease, and cure-oriented approach towards the establishment of medical services has provided benefits to the upper crusts, of society, specially those residing in the urban areas. The proliferation of this approach has been at the cost of providing comprehensive primary health care services to the entire population, whether residing in the urban or the rural areas. Furthermore, the continued high emphasis on the curative approach has led to the neglect of the preventive, promotive, public health and rehabilitative aspects of health care. The existing approach, instead of improving awareness and building up self-reliance, has tended to enhance dependency and weaken the community's capacity to cope with its problems. The prevailing policies in regard to the education and training of medical and health personnel, at various levels, has resulted in the development of a cultural gap between the people and the personnel providing care. The various health programmes have, by and large, failed to involve individuals and families in establishing a self-reliant community. Also, over the years, the planning process has become largely oblivious of the fact that the ultimate goal of achieving a satisfactory health status for all our people cannot be secured without involving the community in the identification of their health needs and priorities as well as in the implementation and management of the various health and related programmes.

Need for evolving a health policy--- the revised 20-Point Programme

India is committed to attaining the goal of "Health for All by the Year 2000 A.D." through the universal provision of comprehensive primary health care services. The attainment of this goal requires a thorough overhaul of the existing approaches to the education and training of medical and health personnel and the reorganisation of the health services infrastructure. Furthermore, considering the large variety of inputs into health, it is necessary to secure the complete integration of all plans for health and human development with the overall national socio-economic development process, specially in the more closely health related sectors, e.g. drugs and pharmaceu- ticals, agriculture and food production, rural development, education and social welfare, housing, water supply and sanitation, prevention of food adulteration, main- tenance of prescribed standards in the manufacture and sale of drugs and the conservation of the environment. In sum, the contours of the National Health Policy have to be evolved within a fully integrated planning framework which seeks to provide universal, comprehensive primary health care services, relevant to the actual needs and priorities of the community at a cost which the people can afford, ensuring that the planning and implementation of the various health programmes is through the organised involvement and participation of the community, adequately utilising the services being rendered by private voluntary organisations active in the Health sector.

It is also necessary to ensure that the pattern of development of the health services infrastructure in the future fully takes into account the revised 20-Point Programme. The said Programme attributes very high priority to the promotion of family planning as a people's programme, on a voluntary basis; substantial augmenta- tion and provision of primary health care facilities on a universal basis; control of Leprosy, T.B. and Blindness; acceleration of welfare programmes for women and children; nutrition programmes for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children, especially in the tribal, hill and backward areas. The Programme also places high emphasis on the supply of drinking water to all problem villages, improvements in the housing and environments of the weaker sections of society; increased production of essential food items; integrated rural developments; spread of universal elementary education; expansion of the public distribution system, etc.

Population stabilisation

Irrespective of the changes, no matter how fundamental, that may be brought about in the over-all approach to health care and the restructuring of the health services, not much headway is likely to be achieved in improving the health status of the people unless success is achieved in securing the small family norm, through voluntary efforts, and moving towards the goal of population stabilisation. In view of the vital importance of securing the balanced growth of the population, it is neces- sary to enunciate, separately, a National Population Policy.

Source: MOH&FW WEB Site


Estimated Population of India at this Time(Oct. 2000) is 1,012,000,000

Rate of Increase During July 2000 to June 2001

  • Per Year = 15,402,000
  • Per Month = 1,283,500
  • Per Day = 42,197
  • Per Hour = 1,758
  • Per Minute = 29