Indira Bal Swasthya Yojana: Applying preventive healthcare measures to promote children’s health in Haryana

The Indira Bal Swasthya Yojana (IBSY) is a preventive health scheme launched by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Haryana, which aims to screen all children accessing public health and education facilities like schools and anganwadis, for diseases, disabilities and deficiencies and refer them for free follow-up treatment if required. This makes Haryana the only state in the country to have a single preventive healthcare measure that so comprehensively covers the under-18 population. The IBSY screens lakhs of children each year, resulting in large-scale preventive treatment and the discovery of significant health risk patterns in society that are used for future policy formulation.

This case study is a part of Good Practices Resource Book 2015 and can be found on page 159.