Community health is an approach that sees the community as an important ingredient of effective public
health practice. It seeks to influence attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and health promoting behaviour,
particularly amongst the underprivileged. This approach takes into account cultural norms and belief
systems; local networks, support systems and institutions; and socio-economic as well as environmental
factors. The objectives of community health programme are:
Improving the health seeking behaviour of socially and economically disadvantaged
communities in rural areas, particularly among women and children
Using community health as an instrument for gender equity and justice
Contributing to the public debate on community health
NFI aspires to positively improve the health seeking behaviour of socially, politically and economically
disadvantaged constituencies of youth, women and children. Its vision on Community Health is also informed
by Government’s initiatives under RCH-II (NRHM)1 and health policies that call for an increased role of NGOs.
NFI wants to reach out to children with effective and efficient early childhood nutrition
and care it wants to assure pregnant and lactating mothers of a peaceful eco –system and good nutrition
that adequately fosters the growth and development of their children.
NFI wants to reach out to youth and adolescent girls and boys to improve their understanding
of reproductive and sexual health including health rights.
NFI would also want to arrest the declining child sex ratio in India that stands at
an abysmal 919 girls against 1000 boys in 2011.
By using the instruments of grant making, national level campaigns, awareness drives, events and publications
in community health NFI would like to promote knowledge and seek attitudinal change in youth, women and men
regarding ECCD, YSRHR and DCSR. NFI would
Draw lessons from the inference of its research in Northeast and work towards
generating an effective strategy of intervention (grants to NGOs, events, publications,
fellowships, donor partnerships) for Early Childhood Care and Development in
consultation with other stakeholders. It would focus on nutritional needs for 0-6 years
old by fostering community level structures in Northeast and Chhattisgarh.
(1RCH-Reproductive and Child Health, NRHM- National Rural Health Mission)
Make grants to NGOs across India on YSRHR, publish documents and hold events
at regional and national level to reflect on the challenges and positive outcomes so as to
integrate YSRHR concerns into policy and practice at the local, regional and national level.
Design a national level campaign to address Declining Child Sex Ratio in India.
The campaign shall focus on challenging patriarchy [addressing women’s safety and security
(asset building) needs] and strengthening the PC-PNDT Act. A national level secretariat shall
be started by NFI to launch and run this campaign.