HS-PROD is a database for health sector reforms being developed by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
Why create HS-PROD?
Many States and Districts in India are experiencing similar problems in the health sector and are looking for ways to tackle them.
There are many good examples of health sector reform, and lots of good ideas but until HS-PROD was developed, no easy way to share this information.
HS-PROD aims to be an easily accessible way to publicise successes and share reform know-how to solve common problems.
What is HS-PROD ?
PROD is a computerised information tool to be accessed mainly by the Internet. HS-PROD contains details of health sector reform options grouped by subject areas and objective. The aim is to provide up-to-date and accurate information about options or interventions, using a standard format; and to organise such options systematically.
For example, within the subject area of ‘infrastructure and equipment’, there might be an objective of ‘maintenance of health facilities’, linked with various reform options, one of which might involve the transfer of maintenance powers from the Public Works Department to some other local health management body.
We know that not everyone has access to the Internet, so we will supply the HS-PROD index and details of reform options on paper if necessary.
Who is HS-PROD for ?
HS-PROD is intended for use by, amongst others:
· Government of India Health and Family Welfare staff at Central, State and District levels
· health-related NGOs and private sector providers;
· development partners (including donors);
· academic institutions.
Who runs HS-PROD ?
HS-PROD is being developed by the CBHI with the support of the National Institute for Medical Statistics (NIMS), Indian Council for Medical Research, New Delhi. They are also being supported by the European Commission Technical Assistance team. The database is regulated by a PROD Management Group, a group of health experts from the Government and Non-Government Sectors, who approve each entry before inclusion and meet quarterly to oversee progress. Since the information should prove useful to a wide range of organisations, a variety of development partners may eventually be interested in providing further management or technical support, and/or funding.
How can HS-PROD help you ?
If you are interested in playing a part in health sector reform, then HS-PROD should provide you with relevant information, source documents and useful contacts.
How can you help HS-PROD ?
We welcome additional reform options and comments on the existing options, so that the database stays current, accurate and useful.
Please contact the HS-PROD team at:
Dy. Director General & Director
Central Bureau of Health Intelligence
Directorate General of Health Services
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi-110011
Tel./Fax: + 91 11 230 63 175, 230 62 695