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New Delhi : A ‘Performance on Health Outcomes’ index spearheaded by NITI Aayog along with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to nudge states towards transformative action in the health sector was launched on December 23 at NITI Aayog, New Delhi. C.K. Mishra, Secretary,Health, and  Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog, jointly released the guidebook for the exercise in the first of a series of regional workshops to be conducted across the country until February, 2017.

The features of the index, measures and methods of data submission will be disseminated to the states through these workshops. The index has been developed over several months with inputs from domestic and international experts including academicians and development partners seeking feedback from states. This initiative is envisioned to bring about the much required improvements in social sector outcomes, which have not kept pace with the economic growth in this country. It will be used to propel action in the states to improve health outcomes and improve data collection systems, according to a PIB release.

The exercise involves participation of several partners including technical assistance from the World Bank, mentor agencies to hand-hold states, where required, during the exercise and third party organizations to validate the data submitted prior to calculation of the index. Data will be entered and results published on a dynamic web portal hosted by NITI Aayog.

 

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