NHEICC

HEALTH EDUCATION, INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION
The National Health Education, Information and Communication Center(NHEICC) is responsible for planning,Implementing, monitoring and evaluating awareness raising,information,education and communication program related to health programmes and services.NHEICC is under the Ministry of Health and Population(MoHP).The health education and communication section in the regional directorates and regional training and health information section in DHOs/DPHOs implement IEC/BCC activities using various media and methods based on local needs.Local media and languages are used in districts to disseminate health messages.

HEALTH EDUCATION, INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION

Background

In 1991, Ministry of Health and Population had formulated new health policy. Following this policy, National Health Education, information and Communication Centre (NHEICC) was established under the Ministry of Health and population in 1993. MoHP improved its structure in 2002 with giving mandate to support for health promotion, education and communication to Department of Drug Administration and Department of Ayurveda. So, NHEICC is under the direct supervision of MoHP.Similarly, recently cabinet endorsed “National Health Communication Policy, 2012″ is the milestone

for health promotion, education and communication program under MoHP/GoN. It shows high priority of government to health promotion, education and communication program in the health sector. NHEICC is responsible for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health promotion, education and communication program of all health services and program under the ministry of health and population. It, also, regulates the health messages produced and disseminated by other organizations. Developing, producing and disseminating messages and materials to promote and support health programs and services in an integrated manner is part of the responsibility. For this purpose, all of the districts have Health education, information and communication

programs since FY 2051/52. The health education and communication section in the regional health directorates and training and health information section in the district Health/Public Health Offices implement health promotion, education and communication activities utilizing various media and methods according to the needs of the local people in the district. Local media and languages are used in the district for the dissemination of health messages so that people can understand health messages clearly in their local context.

Goal

The goal of the National Health Education, information and Communication program is to contribute to attaining the national health programme goals and objectives by providing support for all national health services and programmes

Objectives

The general objective of National Health Education, information and Communication program is to raise the health awareness of the people as a means to promote improved health status and to

  • prevent disease through the efforts of the people themselves and through full utilization of available resources.The specific objectives of the IEC/BCC programs are to:
  • To increase knowledge, improve skills and promote desired behaviour change on EHCS and beyond
  • To create a demand for quality EHCS among all castes and ethnic groups, and disadvantaged and hard‐to‐reach populations
  • To advocate for required resources (human and financial) and capacity development for effective communication programmes and interventions to achieve the NSHP‐2 goals
  • To increase access to new information and technology on health programmes
  • To raise awareness among the public on communicable and Non‐communicable Diseases and to encourage all to seek preventive measures
  • To intensify and strengthen action against tobacco use, both smoked and smokeless, excessive use of alcohol, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity
  • To mitigate public panic and respond to communication needs during emergency situations.
  • Promote environment health, hygiene and sanitation.

Major Activities

National Health Education, Information and Communication Centre conducted major health communication activities at all levels as following:

Central Level

  • Policy, strategy and program development
  • Development of Program guideline and directives.
  • Development, production and airing of short messages through Radio, Television and FM
  • Development and publication of health messages through Newspaper
  • Development, production and distribution of IEC materials.
  • Program orientation to regional and district level program manager and focal person in five regions
  • Advocacy ‐Global Hand Washing Day, World Health Day and World No Tobacco Day Celebration
  • Coordination ‐Technical committees meetings
  • Capacity building on health communication
  • Conduction of health communication researches
  • Supervision, Monitoring and evaluation of health communication program
  • Tobacco control act including tobacco product pictorial health warning Implementation
  • Tobacco control strategic plan draft
  • Regional Orientation to Assistant CDO for tobacco control
  • Conduction of environmental health, hygiene and sanitation activities
  • School Based Hand Washing with Soap and Water program
  • Public Private Partner involvement in HWWS
  • Climate Change and Health Activities
  • Draft of Environment Health and Hygiene strategy
  • Broadcasting health messages through Radio and Television in package

Regional Level

  • Radio program airing from regional Radio Nepal
  • Supervision and Monitoring of IEC activities
  • Orientation to journalist and stakeholders on health
  • Sensitization program for prevention and control of epidemics
  • Distribution of IEC materials through Regional medical store

District Level

  • Strengthen district IEC corner by supporting electronic equipment
  • Sensitization program for prevention and control of epidemics
  • Production of need based IEC materials
  • Distribution of IEC materials in health facilities
  • Production and airing of health radio programs and messages through local FM radio
  • Exhibition to promote health services & programs
  • Organize Community health promotion campaign
  • Community interaction program for health service promotion
  • Publication of health messages in print media
  • Essential health education program on public health problems in schools
  • Sensitization program against gender based violence
  • Orientation on health issues to media persons
  • Orientation to health & sociology teacher on health issues
  • Orientation to journalist and health communicators on health
  • IEC program on anti‐tobacco and non communicable diseases
  • Sensitization program on environment & Occupational health
  • Establishment and management of IEC corner in each health facilities
  • Encourage FCHVs to promote health education
  • Supervision and Monitoring of IEC activities
  • Report on the achievement on the IEC activities in time.

New Initiatives

  • National Health Communication Policy, 2012
  • National Communication Strategy for MNCH 2012‐2016
  • National Communication Strategy for ASRH 2012‐2016
  • Final Draft of Tobacco Control Strategic Plan 2013‐2016.
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