Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
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.
Their vision is to strengthen India’s public health institutional and systems capability and provide knowledge to achieve better health outcomes for all
- Developing the public health workforce and setting standards
- Advancing public health research and technology
- Strengthening knowledge application and evidence-informed public health practice and policy
At the time of launch in 2006, PHFI had set out its Charter focused on building institutional capacity in India for strengthening education, training, research and policy development in the area of Public Health. The Charter goals are: establishing new institutes of public health, assisting existing institutes to enhance their capacity and output, promoting research in prioritised areas of public health to inform policy and empower programmes, facilitating policy development, programme evaluation, and advocacy on public health related issues, and enabling the setting of standards in public health education. The Vision and Mission statements of PHFI, that builds on and drawn from the earlier Charter, was adopted in 2012 along with the Values statement.See more