The Population Foundation of India (PFI) is assisting the central government and eight state governments in India, by leading a consortium of technical and implementation partners, in designing and implementing urban health programs, under the USAID-funded Health of the Urban Poor (HUP) program. The PFI-lead consortium works towards strengthening the planning and monitoring systems to deliver innovative models of healthcare, especially maternal, neonatal and child health services (including choices of family planning), while integrating the other determinants of health (nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene), for the urban poor. These interventions are designed within a larger governance and convergence framework, in partnership with the available private and non-government sector, and supported by effective community engagement at the slum level.
HUP has presence in the EAG states and is providing technical assistance on issues of urban health to 8 EAG states and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The ministry has acknowledged the support of both HUP and NHRC in developing the guidelines for NUHM PIP.
The NUHM (Uttar Pradesh) mandates HUP to be its technical agency to Urban Health Cell for providing the technical assistance for effective implementation of NUHM, expand partnerships in Urban Health which would include engaging the commercial sector in Public Private Partnership (PPP) activities and promote Convergence of different Government urban health and development efforts. HUP shall coordinate and facilitate in the city health plans of the two cities of Lucknow and Kanpur.
A responsive, functional, and sustainable health system that provides need based, affordable and quality health care, improved water, sanitation and hygiene for urban poor in eight states.
To improve the health status of the urban poor by adopting effective, efficient and sustainable strategic intervention approaches, adopting the principle of convergence of various development programmes.
Provide quality technical assistance to the GOI, states and the cities for effective implementation of the proposed National Urban Health Mission (NUHM).
Expand partnerships in urban health including engaging the commercial sector in PPP activities.
Promote the convergence of different GOI urban health and development efforts.
Strengthen urban planning initiatives by the states through evidence- based city-level demonstration and learning efforts.
Strategies of HUP
Need-based technical assistance for operationalization of the Urban Health Program within the Public Health System at all levels.
Convergence at all levels for improved health (MNCH), nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene through institutionalization.
Capacity building for high quality accessible and sustainable health, nutritional and water and sanitation services.
Gender Equity and Male Engagement.
Empowering community for improved negotiation and ownership.
Fostering strategic alliances and partnerships at all levels.
Demonstration, documentation, systematic replication of successful urban health intervention models.