Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK)


Comprehensive child health care implies assurance of extensive health services for all children from birth to 18 years of age for a set of health conditions. These conditions are Diseases, Deficiencies, Disability and Developmental delays - 4 Ds. Universal screening would lead to early detection of medical conditions, timely intervention, ultimately leading to a reduction in mortality, morbidity and lifelong disability.

Under National Rural Health Mission, significant progress has been made in reducing mortality in children over the last seven years (2005-12). Whereas there is an escalation of reducing child mortality there is a dire need to improve survival outcome. This would be reached by early detection and management of conditions that were not addressed comprehensively in the past.

According to March of Dimes (2006), out of every 100 babies born in this country annually, 6 to 7 have a birth defect. This would translate to around 17 lakhs birth defects annually in the country and accounts for 9.6% of all the newborn deaths. Various nutritional deficiencies affecting the preschool children range from 4 per cent to 70 per cent. Developmental delays are common in early childhood affecting at least 10 percent of the children. These delays if not intervened timely may lead to permanent disabilities including cognitive, hearing or vision impairment. Also, there are group of diseases common in children viz. dental caries, rheumatic heart disease, reactive airways diseases etc. Early detection and management diseases including deficiencies bring added value in preventing these conditions to progress to its more severe and debilitating form and thereby reducing hospitalization and improving implementation of Right to Education.

Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) is a new initiative aiming at early identification and early intervention for children from birth to 18 years to cover 4 ‘D’s viz. Defects at birth, Deficiencies, Diseases, Development delays including disability. The launch of this programme assumes great significance as it corresponds to the release of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Adolescent Health strategy (RMNCH+A) and also with the Child Survival and Development – A Call to Action summit held from Feb 7 – 9, 2013 in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu.

It is important to note that the 0-6 years age group will be specifically managed at District Early Intervention Center (DEIC) level while for 6-18 years age group, management of conditions will be done through existing public health facilities. DEIC will act as referral linkages for both the age groups.

First level of screening is to be done at all delivery points through existing Medical Officers, Staff Nurses and ANMs. After 48 hours till 6 weeks the screening of newborns will be done by ASHA at home as a part of HBNC package.

Outreach screening will be done by dedicated mobile block level teams for 6 weeks to 6 years at anganwadis centres and 6-18 years children at school.

Once the child is screened and referred from any of these points of identification, it would be ensured that the necessary treatment/intervention is delivered at zero cost to the family.

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Annual Report

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Name & DesignationContact Details
Dr. Ajay Khera
Tele : 23061281
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Dr. P. K. Prabhakar
Tele : 23062555
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Dr. Sila Deb
Tele : 23061218
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Facility Based Newborn and Child Care :

Neonatal mortality is one of the major contributors (2/3) to the Infant Mortality. To address the issues of higher neonatal and early neonatal mortality, facility based newborn care services at health facilities have been emphasized. Setting up of facilities for care of Sick Newborn such as Special New Born Care Units (SNCUs), New Born Stabilization Units (NBSUs) and New Born Baby Corners (NBCCs) at different levels is a thrust area under NHM.

Special Newborn Care Units (SNCU)

  • States have been asked to set up at least one SNCU in each district. SNCU is 12-20 bedded unit and requires 4 trained doctors and 10-12 nurses for round the clock services.

Newborn Stabilization units (NBSUs)

  • NBSUs are established at community health centres /FRUs. These are 4 bedded units with trained doctors and nurses for stabilization of sick newborns.

New Born Care Corners (NBCCs)

  • These are 1 bedded facility attached to the labour room and Operation Theatre (OT) for provision of essential newborn care. NBCC at each facility where deliveries are taking place should be established.

A comprehensive “Facility Based Newborn Care Operational Guide- 2011, a guideline for planning and Implementation” have been published and disseminated in 2011 by Child Health Division, MoHFW, GOI to act as reference tool for the states to take necessary steps in implementation of same.

Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK)

Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK) was launched on 1st June 2011and has provision for both pregnant women and sick new born till 30 days after birth are (1) Free and zero expense treatment, (2) Free drugs and consumables, (3) Free diagnostics & Diet, (4) Free provision of blood, (5) Free transport from home to health institutions, (6) Free transport between facilities in case of referral, (7) Drop back from institutions to home, (8) Exemption from all kinds of user charges.

The initiative would further promote institutional delivery, eliminate out of pocket expenses which act as a barrier to seeking institutional care for mothers and sick new borns and facilitate prompt referral through free transport.

Facility Based Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness

F-IMNCI is the integration of the Facility based Care package with the IMNCI package, to empower the Health personnel with the skills to manage new born and childhood illness at the community level as well as at the facility. Facility based IMNCI focuses on providing appropriate skills for inpatient management of major causes of Neonatal and Childhood mortality such as asphyxia, sepsis, low birth weight and pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, meningitis, severe malnutrition in children. This training is being imparted to Medical officers, Staff nurses and ANMs at CHC/FRUs and 24x7 PHCs where deliveries are taking place. The training is for 11 days.

Integrated Management of Neonatal & Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI)

which includes Pre-service and In-service training of providers, improving health systems (e.g. facility up-gradation, availability of logistics, referral systems), Community and Family level care.

Home Based New Born Care (HBNC):

A new scheme has been launched to incentivize ASHA for providing Home Based Newborn Care. ASHA will make visits to all newborns according to specified schedule up to 42 days of life. The proposed incentive is Rs. 50 per home visit of around one hour duration, amounting to a total of Rs. 250 for five visits. This would be paid at one time after 45 days of delivery, subject to the following :

  • recording of weight of the newborn in MCP card
  • ensuring BCG , 1st dose of OPV and DPT vaccination
  • both the mother and the newborn are safe till 42 days of the delivery, and
  • registration of birth has been done

A comprehensive “Home Based Newborn Care Operational Guideline- 2011” has been developed, published and disseminated in 2011 by Child Health Division, MoHFW, GOI to provide framework and guidance to enable a coherent home based new born care strategy and act a reference tool for the states to plan necessary interventions.

Navjat Shishu Suraksha Karyakram(NSSK)

NSSK is a programme aimed to train health personnel in basic newborn care and resuscitation, has been launched to address care at birth issues i.e. Prevention of Hypothermia, Prevention of Infection, Early initiation of Breast feeding and Basic Newborn Resuscitation. Newborn care and resuscitation is an important starting-point for any neonatal program and is required to ensure the best possible start in life. The objective of this new initiative is to have a trained health personal in Basic newborn care and resuscitation at every delivery point. The training is for 2 days and is expected to reduce neonatal mortality significantly in the country.

Infant and Young Child Feeding :

Infant and Young Child Feeding is the single most preventive intervention for child survival. It advocates the following:-

  • Early initiation (within one hour of birth) and exclusive breast feeding till 6 months.
  • Timely complementary feeding after 6 months with continued breast feeding till the age of 2 yrs.

Comparison of indicators of child feeding practices :

IndicatorsCES (2009)DLHS-3 (2007-08)NFHS-3 (2005-06)
Children under three years breastfed within an hour of birth 33.5% 40.2% 24.5%
Children 0-5 months exclusively breastfed 56.8% 46.4% 46.3%
Children age 6-35 months breastfed for at least 6 months -- 24.9% --

Nutritional Rehabilitation Centres (NRC)

(treat severe acute malnutrition amongst children)

Severe Acute Malnutrition is an important contributing factor for most deaths amongst children suffering from common childhood illness, such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. Deaths amongst SAM children are preventable, provided timely and appropriate actions are taken.

  • Nutritional Rehabilitation Centres (NRCs) are being set up in the health facilities for inpatient management of severely malnourished children, with counselling of mothers for proper feeding and once they are on the road to recovery, they are sent back home with regular follow up.

An “Operational Guidelines on Facility Based Management of Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition-2011” has been published and disseminated in 2011 by Child Health Division, MoHFW,

Reduction in morbidity and mortality due to Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) and Diarrhoeal Diseases :

Promotion of zinc and ORS supplies is ensured.

Childhood Diarrhoea

In order to control Diarrrhoeal diseases Government of India has adopted the WHO guidelines on Diarrhoea management.

  • India introduced the low osmolarity Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS), as recommended by WHO for the management of diarrhea.
  • Zinc has been approved as an adjunct to ORS for the management of diarrhea. Addition of Zinc would result in reduction of the number and severity of episodes and the duration of diarrhoea.
  • New guidelines on management of diarrhoea have been modified based on the latest available scientific evidence.

Acute Respiratory Infections

  • Acute Respiratory Infections forms 19 % of all under five mortalities in India (WHO 2007 report) and along with Diarrhoea are two major killers of under five children.
  • India leads the world in the number of pneumonia cases with nearly 44, 00, 000 cases yearly. Early diagnosis and appropriate case management by rational use of antibiotics remains one of the most effective interventions to prevent deaths due to pneumonia. The ARI guidelines are being revised with the inclusion of the latest available global evidence.

Supplementation with micronutrients :

Supplementation with micronutrients through supplies of Vitamin A & iron supplements.

Vitamin – A

  • The policy has been revised with the objective of decreasing the prevalence of Vitamin A deficiency to levels below 0.5%, the strategy being implemented is:
    • 1,00,000 IU dose of Vitamin A is being given at nine months
    • Vitamin A dose of 2,00,000 IU (after 9 months) at six monthly intervals up to five years of age
    • All cases of severe malnutrition to be given one additional dose of Vitamin A.
Coverage with Vitamin ACES (2009)DLHS-3 (2007-08)NFHS-3 (2005-06)
Children 9 months and above who have received at least one dose of Vitamin A 65.4 % 55.0% 24.8%

Iron and Folic Acid supplementation

  • To manage the widespread prevalence of anaemia in the country, the policy has been revised.
  • Infants from the age of 6 months onwards up to the age of five years shall receive iron supplements in liquid formulation in doses of 20mg elemental iron and 100mcg folic acid per day per child for 100 days in a year.
  • Children 6-10 years of age shall receive iron in the dosage of 30 mg elemental iron and 250mcg folic acid for 100 days in a year.
  • Children above this age group would receive iron supplements in the adult dose

Important Govt. Orders

IMNCI 2011 PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (592 KB)
MTRG Letter IMNCI 2008 PDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. (2.45 MB)