Independent Commission on Development and Health in India (ICDHI) was set up in 1995. The Commission comprises of distinguished persons from the health and development sectors.
The Commission aims at assessing the development and health situation of the country through policy research and analysis, in depth surveys, focus group discussions, public hearings and round table conferences with development workers, policy makers and people. The Commission works closely with the Prime Minister’s office, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Planning Commission, Non-Government organisations, Panchayati Raj institutions at the grassroots and other relevant forums. The first report of the Commission was released in 1998 by the Prime Minister and was also presented to the President of India and Joint Consultative Committee of Parliament. The Report was widely distributed, discussed and debated in different fora. ICDHI’s constant endeavour has been to facilitate the process of need based, effective, sustainable and people centric development. The first report was a summarized version of voluminous reports prepared by the Commission over two long years of painstaking but rewarding process. Some of the significant chapters were updated and published as separate monographs.
The second Report of the Commission particularly addressed the issues of Poverty Alleviation and Governance of Social Sector. This was particularly keeping in mind, the poor performance of the Nation in both these areas.
Since then 22 well-researched monographs on various current health and development issues, by eminent social scientists have been published.