Indian Journal of Public Health

: 2011  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 88--91

Public health in India: Issues and Challenges

LS Chauhan 
 Director, National Centre for Disease Control, Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India, New Delhi, India

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L S Chauhan
Director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Govt of India, 22, Sham Nath Marg, New Delhi-110054

Health is determined not only by medical care but also by determinants outside the medical sector. Public health approach is to deal with all these determinants of health which requires multi sectoral collaboration and inter-disciplinary coordination. Although there have been major improvements in public health since 1950s, India is passing through demographic and environmental transition which is adding to burden of diseases. There is triple burden of diseases, viz. communicable, non-communicable and emerging infectious diseases. This high burden of disease, disability and death can only be addressed through an effective public health system. However, the growth of public health in India has been very slow due to low public expenditure on health, very few public health institutes in India and inadequate national standards for public health education. Recent years have seen efforts towards strengthening public health in India in the form of launch of NRHM, upgradation of health care infrastructure as per IPHS, initiation of more public health courses in some medical colleges and public health institutions and strengthening of public health functional capacity of states and districts under IDSP.

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Chauhan L S. Public health in India: Issues and Challenges.Indian J Public Health 2011;55:88-91

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Chauhan L S. Public health in India: Issues and Challenges. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2011 [cited 2022 Dec 5 ];55:88-91
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