Aiming to initiate development in the country's education and healthcare sectors, the NITI Aayog on Saturday, in association with McKinsey & Company and IPE Global consortium, launched its 'Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital' or 'SATH' program in collaboration with the state governments, with a vision to improve cooperative federalism.
SATH aims to identify and build three future 'role model' states for health systems. NITI will work in close collaboration with their state machinery to design a robust roadmap of intervention, develop a program governance structure, set up monitoring and tracking mechanisms, hand-hold state institutions through the execution stage and provide support on a range of institutional measures to achieve the end objectives.
To select the three model states, NITI defined a three-stage process - expression of interest, presentations by the states and assessment of commitment to health sector reforms.
Sixteen states expressed prima facie interest, of which fourteen made their proposal to a Committee headed by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and Bibek Debroy, member of NITI Aayog.
Metrics such as MMR, IMR, incidence of malaria and others have been considered for determining potential impact while density of doctors and nurses, compliance to IPHS norms are some of the metrics used to determine likelihood of success. The program will be launched in the three selected states after the signing of MoUs.