India’s flagship health sector programme, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was launched by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister on 12th April 2005. The mission aims to provide accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to the rural population, especially the vulnerable groups.
The focus area of the mission is on establishing a fully functional, community owned, decentralized health delivery system with inter-sectoral convergence at all levels to ensure simultaneous action on a wide range of determinants of health such as water, sanitation, education, nutrition, social and gender equality.
The goals of NRHM include Reduction in Infant Mortality Rate and Maternal Mortality Ratio; Universalized access to public health services for Women’s health, Child health, water, hygiene, sanitation and nutrition; and Prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, including locally endemic diseases.
The Logo of NRHM depicts a family of one man and woman, along with a child. The name of the scheme is given in English, and राष्ट्रीय ग्रामीण स्वास्थ्य मिशन is written in Hindi using Devanagari script.