The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is a public private initiative that has collaboratively evolved through consultations with multiple constituencies including Indian and international academia, state and central governments, multi & bi-lateral agencies and civil society groups. PHFI is a response to redress the limited institutional capacity in India for strengthening training, research and policy development in the area of Public Health.
Structured as an independent foundation, PHFI adopts a broad, integrative approach to public health, tailoring its endeavours to Indian conditions and bearing relevance to countries facing similar challenges and concerns. The PHFI focuses on broad dimensions of public health that encompass promotive, preventive and therapeutic services, many of which are frequently lost sight of in policy planning as well as in popular understanding.
The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, launched PHFI on March 28, 2006 at New Delhi. PHFI recognizes the fact that meeting the shortfall of health professionals is imperative to a sustained and holistic response to the public health concerns in the country which in turn requires health care to be addressed not only from the scientific perspective of what works, but also from the social perspective of, who needs it the most.
The PHFI is working towards building public health capacity in India by:
- Establishing 5 -7 new institutes of public health;
- Assisting the growth of existing public health training institutions/ departments and facilitating their evolution into major institutes of public health;
- Establishing a strong national research network of public health and allied institutions which would undertake policy and programme relevant research that will advance public health goals in prioritized areas - with suitable international partnerships where useful and appropriate;
- Engaging public health expertise to collectively undertake analytical work for generating policy recommendations related to public health action, in not only the health sector but also in all other sectors which impact upon health of people, and developing a vigorous advocacy platform to effectively communicate these recommendations to policy makers and other relevant stake holder groups (including civil society organizations which represent the interests of people’s health);
- Facilitating in establishing an independent accreditation body for degrees in public health which are awarded by training institutions across India.