- Through a planned process since 1947, there has been an expansion in infrastructure and systems for providing health care services throughout Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh has adopted Central Government norms, guidelines, policies and programmes for this development.
- In recent years, there have been a number of additional statewide initiatives to enhance the reach and quality of health care to improve the health of people. These include the multi disease surveillance system; several measures towards streamlining drug procurement, distribution and rational use of drugs; total risk coverage for five major communicable diseases through the Panchabyadhi Chikitsa Scheme; the Infant Mortality Rate Reduction Mission; mandatory prepost graduate placement of doctors to serve in difficult areas; establishment of district cadres for paramedical staff, among others. It is a matter of pride that in several of these areas Arunachal Pradesh has been a pioneer and positive results are seen. District level initiatives have piloted important components of primary health care such as community participation, improved mobility assistance for field staff, support to training and health education systems, maintenance of built assets and equipment, use of low cost construction for primary health centres and sub-centres. All these have led to improved capacity and confidence of health service providers and improved health care. The Policy and Strategic Planning Unit (PSPU) has initiated work on policy areas including health financing. These involvements have led the State Health and Family Welfare Department to develop a Vision for 2010 and to this policy statement.
- An integrated health policy statement is being articulated for the comprehensive, planned development of the entire health sector (public, voluntary, private; allopathic and Indian systems of medicine as well as homeopathy); and to address key determinants of health (nutrition, water supply, sanitation, environmental hazards); in order to improve the health of people and their access to care. The Arunachal Pradesh State Integrated Health Policy developed by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, indicates directions for health improvement in a state-specific context, as health is a State subject under the Constitutional framework of India. It helps to actualise the Vision Statement for 2010 by providing a framework within which strategies and operational plans are developed, implemented and reviewed
The Mission of the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, is to facilitate improvement in the health status of the people of Arunachal Pradesh with their participation, and to make available health care in a socially equitable, accessible and affordable manner within a reasonable timeframe, creating partnerships between the public, voluntary and private health sector and across other developmental sectors.