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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 at

(Dr Madhu Raikwar)