GRAAM has been awarded with Research study to Assess the Health and Wellness Centres across the nation by NHSRC
The study would shed light on the service availability and utilization of services at the Health and Wellness Centres. Useful inputs on the role of HWCs during the Covid-19 pandemic are also likely to emerge from the study.
In August 2020, GRAAM was successfully awarded a research project by the National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC) on the assessment of Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) set up under Ayushman Bharat.
The Government of India aims to set up 1.5 lakh HWCs by 2022 based on the Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) paradigm. The research study awarded by NHSRC is aimed at an assessment of the ground level implementation processes involved in the roll-out of HWCs in eight states of India viz. Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur. The study encompasses input, process and output dimensions and also intends to examine the alignment of the performance of HWCs with the expectations of key stakeholders such as the community.
This study would involve not only a survey of users and in-depth interviews of HWC personnel and other health systems functionaries, but also direct observation-based facility checklists, examination of administrative documents and audits of prescriptions issued by Mid-Level health providers at HWCs.
The methodology and planning of the study is well-placed to generate robust and interesting grassroots level insights about the actual status and functioning of HWCs that would bolster GRAAM’s evidence-based advocacy for the enhancement of health systems. The study would shed light on the service availability and utilization of services at the Health and Wellness Centres. It would also generate a performance-based categorization of states as frontrunners, achievers, contenders and aspirants. Insights on planning and administrative processes, enablers and constraints and implementation gaps would be provided, which would be useful for policy makers. Useful inputs on the role of HWCs during the Covid-19 pandemic are also likely to emerge from the study.
It is expected that this multi-state research project will be another milestone in GRAAM’s emergence as a national think tank of repute.