Community Action for Health (CAH) is a key strategy of the National Health Mission, which places people at the centre of the process of ensuring that the health needs and rights of the community are being fulfilled. It allows communities to participate and regularly monitor the progress of the NHM schemes and interventions in their areas, thus contributing to the strengthening of health services and ‘Bringing Public into Public Health’.
A committee called the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA) was constituted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to provide guidance on community processes initiatives particularly related to accountability in 2005. The AGCA comprises eminent public health experts and the Population Foundation of India (PFI) hosts its Secretariat.
Led by the MoHFW, Government of India, CAH is currently being implemented in around 2,02,162 villages in 353 districts across 22 states of India. A team based at the AGCA Secretariat now provides the following technical support to the states