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Government Of Assam Health & Family Welfare Directorate of Health Service [Family Welfare]

Our History

  • Overview:

    Family Welfare services are provided to the community through a network of4399 Sub-Centers, 146Block Public Health Center (BPHC) / Rural Family Welfare Center (Main Center) and32Post Partum (PP) in the rural areas and District Hospital and Dispensaries etc. in the urban areas. This network is also supported by an expanding number of Post Partum Centers at district and sub districts level.

    An Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM), a female paramedical worker posted at the Sub Centre and supported by a Male Multipurpose Worker MPW (M) are the front line workers in providing Family Welfare Services at the Community level. ANM is supervised by the Lady Health Visitor (LHV) posted at Block PHC.

    For skill development of medical and paramedical workers deployed at the sub centers, PHCs and CHCs etc., training is imparted through the State Health and Family Welfare Training Centre under DHS(FW), the Lady Health Visitor Training Schools, Basic Training Schools for Multipurpose Worker (Male) and ANM training Schools.

    Reproductive Child Health (RCH) Programme – Phase –II

    RCH-II is the flagship programme of the Government of India, on Reproductive, Child and Maternal Health.

    The programme intends to improve the performance of the Family Welfare programme in reducing Maternal and Infant-Morbidity and Mortality and unwanted Pregnancies, leading to stabilization of population growth. The Programme has been re-oriented and re-vitalized to give a pro-outcome and pro poor focus.

    The programme is envisaged as an umbrella programme by integrating all related and interlinked stand alone schemes into a single composite programme.

    The programme would receive funding from three sources: the Government of India; polled funding from DFID/ World Bank/ UNFPA and funding from other Development Partners (including EC, USAID, UNICEF and UNFPA).


    Routine Immunization (RI) is a nation’s strategic investment in its future. India’s routine immunization program is dynamic and over the years has evolved to address the changing public health needs of the country.

    Tremendous gains have been made in immunization coverage in a country where challenges reflect accessibility, acceptability and availability issues.

    With the success of Small Pox eradication, the Immunization programme was implemented in more organized manner as Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) in 1978 targeting under 5 year children only in Urban areas. In 1985 Immunization programme expanded as Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) which focus under 1 year children, expansion of cold chain etc. The program reached every corner of the country in 1990 and now the program has become an integral part of India’s public health infrastructure. Implementation has been strengthened with capacity building of personnel as well as improvement in service delivery.

    PC PNDT Act, 1994 (Pre-conception &Prenatal Diagnostic Technique Act):

    The Director of Health Services (FW), Assam is mandated to implement the PC PNDT Act. The Director of Health Services is the appropriate authority to implement the PC PNDT Act. All USG Clinics / Hospitals are required to be registered by the District Officers under DHS (FW), Assam under this Act.