IPHS Guidelines for Community Health Centres

IPHS Guidelines for Community Health Centres


Health care delivery in India has been envisaged at three levels namely primary, secondary and tertiary. The secondary level of health care essentially includes Community Health Centres (CHCs), constituting the First Referral Units (FRUs) and the Sub-district and District Hospitals. The CHCs were designed to provide referral health care for cases from the Primary Health Centres level and for cases in need of specialist care approaching the centre directly. 4 PHCs are included under each CHC thus catering to approximately 80,000 populations in tribal/hilly/desert areas and 1,20,000 population for plain areas. CHC is a 30-bedded hospital providing specialist care in Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Paediatrics, Dental and AYUSH. There are 4535 CHCs functioning in the country as on March 2010 as per Rural Health Statistics Bulletin 2010. These centres are however fulfilling the tasks entrusted to them only to a limited extent. The launch of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) gives us the opportunity to have a fresh look at their functioning. NRHM envisages bringing up the CHC services to the level of Indian Public Health Standards. Although there are already existing standards as prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards for 30-bedded hospital, these are at present not achievable as they are very resourceintensive. Under the NRHM, the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) is being envisaged in each village to promote the health activities. With ASHA in place, there is bound to be a groundswell of demands for health services and the system needs to be geared to face the challenge. Not only does the system require up-gradation to handle higher patient load, but emphasis also needs to be given to quality aspects to increase the level of patient satisfaction. In order to ensure quality of services, the Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) are being set up for CHCs so as to provide a yardstick to measure the services being provided there. This document provides the essential requirements for a Minimum Functional Grade of a Community Health Centre and the desirable requirements needed for an ideal situation.

Objectives of Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) for CHCs

  • To provide optimal expert care to the community.
  • To achieve and maintain an acceptable standard of quality of care.
  • To ensure that services at CHC are commensurate with universal best practices and are responsive and sensitive to the client needs/expectations.

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