- Swachh Swasth Sarvatra is an initiative launched by Union Health Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Human Resource Development.
- The main aim of this initiative is to strengthen health centers in open defecation-free blocks.
- This initiative is a part of the Union Government’s chief Swachh Bharat Mission and is focused on the dual objectives of constructing toilets and enabling behavioural change.
- Swachh Swasth Sarvatra is the advanced form of Swach Bharat Mission from being Swachh Bharat to Swastha Bharat.
1. This initiative aims to fulfill the requirements of two complementary programes namely, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Kayakalp of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
2. Over 700 blocks are declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF) under Swachh Bharat Mission by
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
3. Rs 10 lakh will be given to each Community Health Centres (CHCs) in ODF blocks of the country
to strengthen the standards of sanitation, hygiene and infection control.
4. “SwachhSwasthaSarvatra” is a much needed programme to achieve open defecation-free India by 2019.
5. Under Kayakalp, one Primary Health Centre (PHCs) in each district is awarded for meeting quality
standards including sanitation and hygiene.
6. Through the initiative, the Gram Panchayat in which the PHC gets awarded will be noted and special focus will be given to make it ODF.
Components of SwachhSwasthSarvatra
There are three main components of SwachhSwasthSarvatra, they are
1. Community Health Centres (CHCs) in ODF blocks supported to achieve Kayakalp certification.
2. Gram Panchayat of Kayakalp Primary Health Centres (PHCs) prioritized to become ODF.
3. Training in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene ) of CHC/PHC nominees.
- Other initiative also launched along with Swachh Swasth Sarvatra
- Another joint initiative, ‘Swasth Bacche Swasth Bharat’ (Healthy Children Healthy India) was also launched on the occasion between Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
- It is a booklet that contains tips on leading a healthy life for children.