National Health Profile 2018
From the Director’s Desk
An updated and reliable health database is the foundation of decision-making across all health system
building blocks, and is essential for health system policy development and implementation, governance and
regulation, health research, human resources development, health education and training, service delivery and
financing. In order to achieve one of the objectives, Central Bureau of Health Intelligence collects data from the
health and other relevant sectors, ensuring their overall quality, relevance and timeliness, and converts data
into information to support planning, management, and decision making.
“National Health Profile” (NHP) has been methodically compiling data on demographic, socio- economic,
health status, health financing indicators, health infrastructure and human resources in health sector in India.
Updating information on these areas has made the Profile topical and comprehensive.
I would like to express my gratitude to the many people who saw through this book; to all those who
provided support, talked things over, read, wrote, offered comments, allowed us to share their data and assisted
in the editing, proof-reading and design.
I thank for the continuous support and co-operation received from all the States and Union Territories,
office of Registrar General of India, National health program divisions, Indian council of medical research,
medical/ nursing/ dental councils of India, IRDA and different related union ministries in providing updated
information for this important publication.
The valuable support from all the staff of CBHI head quarter and of each field survey units in data
compilation and preparation of analytical write up of publication need special mention.
I hope National Health profile with more information and analysis will meet the expectations of our
readers. The digitization of the healthcare industry is happening fast. To realise its importance, digital version
(e-book) of National Health Profile is also available on our website.
The feedback and valuable suggestions from various users of this document had been very encouraging
in the past and we solicit such continuous support in future through email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Dr Madhu Raikwar)