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National Health Profile of India

The National Health Profile of India (NHP) is an initiative at par with international standards of data

publications. The objective of this publication is to create a versatile database of health information

of India which is comprehensive, up‐to‐date and easily accessible to all stakeholders in the

healthcare sector. NHP provides recent trends in demography, disease profile (communicable and

non communicable/lifestyle diseases) and available health resources that define a country’s health

status. Following the standard coding from Family of International classification (FIC) in presenting

the diseases profile will improve interoperability of the data internationally. NHP provides relevant

information to the planners, policy makers, health administrators, research workers and others

engaged healthcare sector to take informed decisions. This publication will also be useful for

medical post graduates and trainees of medical and paramedical personnel and will contribute

further to the improvement of quality of health services and equitable distribution of health

resources in the country.

The research team for NHP assessed a large number of websites and publications dealing with

management of health data relevant to health status of a nation and adopted a modified structure of

six – indicators ‐ Demographic, Socio‐Economic, Health Status, Health Finance, Health Infrastructure

and Human Resource in Health Sector in order to organize and manage the health information of India.

This structure was discussed in great detail (with a range of people from senior health policy makers,

administrators to epidemiologists and anthropologists) to assess its robustness to handle data now and

afterwards and the need to include or exclude data from the existing publications. Identifying the most

appropriate data sources for the selected indicators is an on‐going research. Eventually we present the

most updated data identified from various sources and are illustrated in the new format of tables with

various combinations of parameters such as age, sex, urban, rural etc.

NHP can contribute towards providing better universal and equitable healthcare to its people as

envisaged in National Health Policy 2017 as it helps in informed decision making on policies and

initiatives of various stakeholders in healthcare sector. Nevertheless, we recognize the need for

continuous improvement of this publication to match the ever changing health needs of people

and the paradigm shifts in program implementation to achieve higher levels of effectiveness. We

envision that this structure of data organization will undergo further standardization and

enhancement of the database.