Constituted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in August 2005, the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA) consists of civil society representatives with a mandate to provide guidance on the implementation of community action initiatives under the National Health Mission. PFI hosts the secretariat of the AGCA.
The AGCA had guided the implementation of a pilot on community action for health in 36 districts in nine states between 2007 and 2009. The process is now being implemented in select districts across 22 states/union territories in India. With support from the MoHFW, a team based at the AGCA Secretariat provides technical assistance to the states in scaling up implementation of community action for health, which includes:
Building capacities of state level institutions to initiate/scale up implementation of community action for health
Providing inputs for the formulation of the community action component in the State NHM Programme Implementation Plans
Developing and adapting guidelines, tools and protocols
Undertaking periodic reviews of the implementation processes in the field
Strengthening accountability mechanisms such as grievance redressal and display of health service guarantees