About Nagaland Health Project
Nagaland Health Project (NHP) with support from World Bank aims to improve management and delivery of health services and increase their utilization by communities in targeted locations in Nagaland without duplicating existing government programs. The project will target 177 health facilities and 500 villages across the state over the six-year project duration. The project will accomplish these objectives through implementation of two components:
- Component 1: Community action for health and nutrition
- Component 2: Health system development
Community Action for Health and Nutrition: Under this component, activities to support community engagement and management of health services will intend to contribute to improved delivery of local health services. This component will also aim to increase community awareness and knowledge to increase utilization of health services and engage in positive health behaviors. Capacity-building activities for the Village Health committees will also be undertaken. This component will also support increased representation by women and foster the involvement of women's self-help groups. Around 500 Village Health Committees are potentially for support on Component 1
This component is designed to empower communities to oversee, manage, and improve HNP services and their utilization. An incentive strategy will be used whereby funding will be provided to communities on the basis of progress on defined indicators of improved health and nutrition-related services and practices. In turn, communities will use the incentives for activities and investments that are important to them and have potential impacts on health and nutrition.
Committees will be empowered to use these incentives for health and nutrition-related activities that are priorities to them, including investments designed to improve performance in future rounds. Examples could include improving health facility infrastructure; incentivizing health staff; contracting additional staff; filling gaps in supplies and equipment; and encouraging behavior change in areas of health, nutrition, and hygiene. These activities will be consistent with existing policies and systems of Government of India.
Health System Development: Under the second component, support will be provided for improvements in the management and delivery of health services, which includes targeted and system-wide investments. This will include investments in off-grid electricity solutions and water supply and sanitation in targeted health facilities and consultancy service for Nagaland Medical College, Kohima.