Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

By | September 16, 2017

RBSK Guidelines 2017 – Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram

With a view to reducing the mortality rate among children, a flagship program Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) was launched by UPA government in the year 2013. It is an initiative aimed at screening over 27 crore children of the age 0 to 18 years and follow-up treatment free of cost.


The scheme is implemented by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The program is a step ahead of providing universal health care with the utmost importance given to the health of children.


Features of the RBSK

  • The RBSK offers screening test for defects at birth, de¬ficiencies including disability that can be caused by later stage, development delays and diseases if any. If any children are diagnosed with illnesses, they will be provided follow-up treatment that includes surgeries, if needed.
  • Early detection of health issue will reduce the possibility of disability and improve the quality of life of children; it will also help them realize their full potential.
    It covers health conditions and diseases managed under the program are:
    Defects at Birth such as Down’s Syndrome, Neural Tube Defect, Congenital Cataract, Cleft lip, Cleft Palate, congenital, deafness, Telipes, Dysplasia of the Hip, Congenital Heart Disease etc.
    Diseases of childhood such as Dental Conditions, Rheumatic Heart Disease, Fungal Skin Infection, Scabies, Obits Media, Eczema, thalassemia etc.
    Deficiencies such as Severe Anemia, Sickle Cell Anemia, Vitamin deficiency, Goiter etc.
    Development Delays and disabilities such as hearing impairment, vision impairment, cognitive delay, motor delay, autism etc.
  • A mobile health team comprising of medical officers, doctors, and nursing staff visits communities and perform screening tests of the children.
  • About 270 million children in the age group 0-18 will get benefitted from it.
  • The effective health intervention will reduce out-of-pocket expenditure to the parents.
  • The RBSK program aims at providing the continuum of free health care services from birth to childhood.

Target Group of Children under RBSK

  • Target group under RBSK comprises of three categories:
    Category 1: It includes newborn babies born in public health centers who are of the age below 6 weeks.
  • Category 2: It includes pre-school children living in villages and city slum areas having the age of 6 weeks – 6 years.
  • Category 3: It includes school going children who study in government or government-aided school.

The RBSK will yield good results in a long-term in promoting the health of our children. IF implemented rightly, it will help improve mortality rate and development of children.

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