One of the key elements of the National Rural Health Mission is the Village Health , Sanitation and Nutrition committee (VHSNC). The committee has been formed to take collective actions on issues related to health and its social determinants at the village level. They are particularly envisaged as being central to ‘local level community action’ under NRHM, which would develop to support the process of Decentralised Health Planning. Thus the committee is envisaged to take leadership in providing a platform for improving health awareness and access of community for health services, address specific local needs and serve as a mechanism for community based planning and monitoring.
The committee is formed at the revenue village level and it should act as a sub-committee of the Gram Panchayat. It should have a minimum of 15 members which should comprise of elected member of the Panchayat who shall lead the committee, all those working for health and health related services should participate, community members/ beneficiaries and representation from all community sub-groups especially the vulnerable sections and hamlets/ habitations. ASHA residing in the village shall be the member secretary and convener of the committee.
Roles and Responsibilities
The committee may, preferably, act as a sub-committee of Gram Panchayat and function under the overall supervision of Gram Panchayat. States are accordingly advised to issue the necessary notifications and guidelines on constitution of VHSNC to all concerned. States are also requested to consider notifying VHSNC as a subcommittee of Gram Panchayat.
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|Handbook for Members of VHSNC||(4.19 MB)||(3.75 MB)|
|Notes for Trainers on VHSNC||(1.86 MB)||(3.93 MB)|
|Inclusion of Nutrition to VHSC||(946 KB)|
|DO-VHSNC Declaration to Gram Sabha||(293 KB|
|VHSNC Standing Commiittee of Gram Panchayat||(682 KB)|
|Guidelines for Untied funds for VHSC||(8,496 KB|
|Revised Community Processes Guidelines||(1.65 MB)|
|West Bengal||(1.59 MB)|
|Jammu & Kashmir||(524 KB)|
|Andhra Pradesh||(949 KB)|
|A N Island||(675 KB)|
|Himachal Pradesh||(1.06 MB)|
|Madhya Pradesh||(533 KB)|
|Uttar Pradesh||(853 KB)|
|Tamil Nadu||(1.72 MB)|
|Daman & Diu||(619 KB)|