Background and Scope
Primary Health Care Revitalization Division (PHCRD) functions for expanding the coverage of primary health services in an equitable manner particularly by addressing the needs of disadvantaged and unreached population groups. Basic health services delivered through primary health care providers are generally cost effective by nature and can directly contribute for improved health status and higher life expectancy. Areas of concern that the primary health care hasto address are: growing burden of non-communicable diseases, inequitable access to healthcare services, limited range of service availability at lower tier of health facilities and rapid commercialization of the basic health services. PHCRD strives to strengthen the gate keeping functions at the lower level of public health facilities while enhancing the capacity of District Health Offices and Municipalities to develop local health systems that are responsive and accountable to clients’ needs. As mandated by the Constitution of Nepal, the division plays an instrumental role in expanding the reach of basic health services at across the country, particularly focusing on urban areas while also introducing service packages that are focused on prevention of NCDs. The division also facilitates continuum of care across preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative components of health services.
1. National Free Health: Expand outreach services, free basic health services; community health units
2. Social Health Protection: Promote good governance in health through social audit
3. Urban and Environmental Health: Expand and strengthen primary care to people living in urban areas in collaboration with MoFALD and municipalities
4. Non-communicable Diseases: Pilot and expand PEN package for NCD focusing on cardio vascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and mental health.