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About National Urban Health Mission

National urban Health Mission (NUHM) as a sub-mission of National Health Mission (NHM) has been launched by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.

NUHM envisages to meet health care needs of the urban population with the focus on urban poor, by making available to them essential primary health care services and reducing their out of pocked expenses. This will be achieved by strengthening the existing health care service delivery system, targeting the people living in slums and converging with various schemes relating to wider determinants of health like drinking water, sanitation, school education, etc. implemented by the Ministries of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Human Resource Development and Women & Child Development.

NUHM would endeavor to achieve its goal through:-

  • Need based city specific urban health care system to meet the diverse health care needs of the urban poor and other vulnerable sections
  • Institutional mechanism and management systems to meet the health-related challenges of a rapidly growing urban population
  • Partnership with community and local bodies for a more proactive involvement in planning, implementation, and monitoring of health activities
  • Availability of resources for providing essential primary health care to urban poor
  • Partnerships with NGOs, for profit and not for profit health service providers and other stakeholders

NUHM would cover all State capitals, district headquarters and cities/towns with a population of more than 50000. It would primarily focus on slum dwellers and other marginalized groups like rickshaw pullers, street vendors, railway and bus station coolies, homeless people, street children, construction site workers.