April 2017

KSHSRC Creating Robust Policies for Quality Health

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Dr Sadhana SM 
Executive Director, KSHSRC

Karnataka State Health System Resource Centre, which offers valuable evidence-based inputs for framing health policies for Karnataka, does meticulous analysis of all National Health Mission (NHM) activities for identifying the areas of improvement in implementation and also provides robust solutions in a structured manner, says Dr Sadhana SM, Executive Director, KSHSRC, in conversation with Sudheer Goutham of Elets News Network (ENN).

Tell us about the vision behind inception of Karnataka State Health System Resource Centre (KSHSRC). When was it established?

Karnataka State Health System Resource Centre (KSHSRC) was established in 2009 as an autonomous society, as a “technical think tank” within the Department of Health and Family Welfare with a vision to strengthen the health system by giving valuable evidence-based inputs for framing health policies. KSHSRC does meticulous analysis of all National Health Mission (NHM) activities for identifying the areas for improvement in implementation and also provides robust solutions in a structured manner. KSHSRC provides support to the department in the areas of public health planning, human resource management, monitoring and evaluation, strengthening of MIS systems, infrastructure and other resource mapping (GIS), advanced IT solutions in health, community engagement for health, research and documentation, quality assurance and innovations.

What is the mandate of KSHSRC?

The mandate of KSHSRC is to provide technical support to the National Health Mission in strengthening the implementation of all the health programmes. In this regard, continuous inputs in time-bound manner are provided to the programme implementing officers based on various analytical findings. The inputs are critical and validated. For the areas of improvements simple do-able solutions are provided with pilots conducted by KSHSRC in different districts.

Please tell us about the achievements of KSHSRC since its inception.

The key achievements of KSHSRC since it came into existence include conducting various studies to gather evidence for improvement in implementation of health programmes, including study on functionality of VHSNCs in the state. Other milestones achieved by KSHSRC are:

♦ MCTS Reporting: Factors associated with human element as well as Soft ware features for improving the reporting on MCTS

♦ Performance analysis of primary health centers, community health centers/taluk hospitals/district hospitals and giving feed back to the concerned department

♦ GIS mapping of sub centers/primary health centers (PHCs)/CHCs/ taluk hospitals/district hospitals

♦ Inputs for policy on human resources in health to the government and inputs for implementation of public health cadre and revision of C&R of all cadres in the department

♦ Have drafted the Integrated Health Policy 2017 of the state

♦ Introducing innovations like Healthizen, a mobile application for citizen engagement for healthier and cleaner environment

♦ Janarogya: A mobile app as a simple guide to quality health care facilities in Government hospitals

♦ Documentation of various good practices in the Department of Health & Family Welfare

♦ Technical support to quality assurance programme in the Department of Health & Family welfare

♦ Implementing the “Community Action for Health”, in which the capacity building of Village Health Sanitation & Nutrition Committees (VHSNCs), mentoring and monitoring of the community involvement in health & nutrition areas at village level, convergence of ASHA/AWW and ANMs for better outcomes at Village level is done

♦ Ensuring coordinated actions of panchayats and VHSNCs in improving the community engagement at village level

♦ KSHSRC brought out a coffee table book compiling the free health benefit schemes provided by the Department of Health and Family Welfare which was unveiled by the Karnataka Chief Minister. All Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly and Members of Legislative Council were apprised about it during the Belgaum assembly session in 2015

The mandate of KSHSRC is to provide technical support to the NHM in strengthening the implementation of all the health programmes. In this regard, continuous inputs in timebound manner are provided to the programme implementing officers.

What else would you like to share with our readers regarding KSHSRC?

KSHSRC supports the implementation of health programmes with new ideas to strengthen the reach of all health schemes to the beneficiaries. KSHSRC gives inputs to strengthen the areas of health infrastructure, health human resource, trainings and capacity building and innovations.

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