The world is currently facing a shortage of 7.2 million healthcare professionals, which is estimated to grow up to 12.9 million by 2035, says a joint report by WHO & Global Health Workforce Alliance. The 2013 report, ‘A Universal Truth: No Health without a Workforce’, further points at India’s dismal density of 15.2 skilled health professionals per 10,000 population (way below the global threshold of 22.8). This is alarming, owing to its direct bearing on India’s commitment to Universal Health Coverage.
To address this gap and contribute towards the Central Government’s flagship Skill India Mission, HLFPPT has initiated Skill Development Programme. It aims at: Developing a cadre of skilled human resources in healthcare and other allied sectors through quality trainings; and Offering sustainable livelihood options to the youth.
In health sector, we train students in the following trades:
Going ahead, the programme plans to train human resources in allied sectors too such as Retail, Electronics, Life Sciences and Logistics.
Since its inception in 2015, the programme has successfully trained students as GDA and HHA across eights states (UP, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh) through 53 skill centres. It has also initiated courses in Documentation Assistant, Departmental Manager, Front Office Executive , Guest Relation Manager, Customer Relation Officer.
The programme has received affiliation from Health Sector Skill Council (HSSC) and has also empanelled with the Ministry of Rural Development and National Skill Development Centre. It has been contributing to:
To start with, Skill Development Team conducts student mobilisation activities in schools and colleges through presentations & posters and in villages & local communities through mobilisation vans, pamphlet distribution, community meetings, etc. The team further works with Village Pradhan, frontline workers (like ASHAs and AWWs) to mobilise prospective students. Minimum qualification required for undertaking these courses is higher secondary.
Once selected, students are trained in batches of 30 and course duration varies from 3 months for GDA & HHA, 4 months for Dialysis Assistant and 6 months for OT Assistant & MLT. Post training, students are assessed by Health Sector Skill Council. HLFPPT facilitates on-the-job training and placements for successfully assessed students at public and private health facilities.