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THREE YEAR INTERIM PLAN (2007/2008-2009/2010)

The plan seeks to establish the right of the citizen to free basic health care services. Public health issues-preventive, promotional and curative health services- will be implemented as per the principles of primary health services. The following polices will be implemented:

  • Special programs will be launched in an integrated manner (by involving the government, private sector and NOGOs) to increase the citizens’ access to basic health services.
  • Special health programs will be launched targeting those deprive of health care-indigenous nationalities (Adibasi Janajati), Dalits, people with disability and Madhesi people.
  • Human, financial and physical resources provided by the government, private sector and NGOs would be managed effectively for improving the quality of health care services.
  • Considering their success, Community Drug Program and Community Cooperative Clinic services will be encouraged.
  • Mutual relationship between health science and medical and public health studies will be strengthened to make health services effective, efficient and pro-people.
  • Research in health sector will be encouraged, promoted and expanded.


Nepal Health Sector Programme (NHSP) is a sector wide programme focused on performance results and health policy reforms implemented under a Sector Wide Approach (SWAP) with an agreed set of programme performance indicators and policy reform milestones for the programme duration. The policy reform milestones are outlined in the Nepal health Sector Programme Implementation Plan (NHSP-IP).  Of the eight NHSP outputs, three are defined for strengthening the health service delivery: a) delivery of essential health care services, b) decentralized management of service and c) public pricate partnership. The remaining five outputs are designed for improvement in institutional capacity and management in the areas of: a) sector management, b) health financing and financial management including alternative financing, c) physical asset in management and procurement, d) human resource management, e) health management information system and equality assurance.


This programme seeks to address disparities in the system and improve the health of the Nepali population, especially the poor and vulnerable. NHSP marks a new approach in Nepal which aims at the delivery of basic services to poor and rural populations and the aid resources will increasingly support a sector programme, rather than isolated projects. The programme design was led by the efforts of Nepal themselves and is built under a sound sector strategy. Hence, the Health Sector Strategy with its Nepal Health Sector Progamme implementation Plan is a building block of sector wide rationalization aimed towards aid harmonization, strong performance and reform focus.


The objective of NHSP is to improve health outcomes by expanding access to and increasing the use of Essential Health Care Services (EHCS), especially for the poor with a nationwide coverage.

Strategic Programme Activities

NHSP strategic programme activities are broadly organize in two components that consolidate the eight areas of work in the HSSP-IP.

  1. Strengthened Service Delivery through the expansion of essential health care services, greater local authority and responsibility for service provision, and public-private partnerships;
  2. Institutional Capacity and Management Development through improved health sector management; sustainable health financing and financial management; human resource development; physical asset management and procurement; and health management information system and quality assurance.

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