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“Swasth Uttar Purva” initiative aimed at boosting healthcare in the North Eastern Region

New Delhi : The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in collaboration with the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) on  22nd March, Wednesday,  launched "Swasth Uttar Parv - Healthy North East Bridging the North Eastern Region For Health Transformation " initiative for improving Public Health efforts in the North Eastern region of India.

The sole purpose of the initiative is to boost trained workforce by imparting training in the healthcare sector.

The dignitaries present on the occasion include Infosys Chairman and PHFI Chairman NR Narayana Murthy, Union Secretary, Health and Family Welfare CK Mishra, Secretary, Department of North East Region Naveen Verma, Public Health Foundation of India President Prof. K. Srinath Reddy and Department of North East Region Joint Secretary SN Pradhan.

Under the initiative, the PHFI and DoNER will provide technical assistance to the state governments of North East and civil society partners for implementation of public health projects and programmes in the region.

The initiative will promote policy and programmes relevant research by conducting impact assessment and policy dialogues, conducting North East relevant summits and workshops as applicable to public health.

The first phase will be implemented in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram.

The North Eastern states account for only 3.8 per cent of India's total population but the diverse and sparse population geographical and socio-political constraints, along with connectivity to mainland and other states, hamper the implementation of health programmes.

As a result despite being a vibrant region, the North East lags behind in its health indicators.

Under the initiative, the PHFI will conduct awareness generation programmes and cancer workshops.

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