The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare launched National Programme for the Health Care of Elderly (NPHCE) during its 11th Plan period in order to address the health-related issues of the elderly. The programme was launched on the basis of recommendations made in the National Policy on Older Persons and State’s obligation under the Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act 2007.
Aim of NPHCE programme
The primary aim of NPHCE programme is providing separate and specialised comprehensive healthcare to the senior citizens at different State healthcare delivery systems including the outreach services.
Main components of NPHCE
Main components of NPHCE during 11th Five Year Plan were- establishing 30 bedded Department of Geriatric in 8 identified Regional Medical Institutions (Regional Geriatric Centres) in different parts of the country.
Another component was providing dedicated health care facilities in District Hospitals, CHCs, PHCs and Sub Centres in 100 identified districts of 21 States. Initially, 100 districts were selected from 21 states for this programme in 11th Five Year Plan.
Plan for 2013-14
• Establishment of National Institute of Aging at AIIMS, New Delhi and Madras Medical College, Chennai
• Continuation of programme activities in the existing 100 districts and 8 Regional Geriatric Centres
• Add four new Regional Geriatric Centres
• Add more districts in a phased manner