A Department of Human Services is a national or subnational umbrella agency which is responsible for providing public assistance programs to the population they serve. Various aspects or alternate names include social security, social affairs, human resources and welfare.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is an Indian Government Ministry charged with health policy in India. It is also responsible for all government programs related to family planning in India.
Since 1955 the Ministry regularly publishes the Indian Pharmacopoeia through the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC), an autonomous body for setting standards for drugs, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare devices and technologies in India.
The Department of Health has touched every citizen in all parts of the Commonwealth. Through the use of community-based strategies, the department of health has successfully reduced the number of serious illnesses, injuries and death due to major health threats; tobacco-related diseases; infection diseases and accidental injuries.
Over the years, the department’s mission has been adapted to meet the needs and demands of the dynamic nature of public health, but one thing has not changed—the commitment, dedication, and the professionalism of Department of Health Staff to provide top-quality programs and services that benefit the health, safety, and well-being of all Pennsylvanians.
Improving the quality of healthcare at the system level requires a focus on governance issues, including improving public sector management, building institutional capacity, and promoting a culture of data-driven policies. Ideally state and local governments and local health facilities would use data from administrative sources and household surveys for quality improvement efforts and for accountability in healthcare delivery. This use of evidence in making policy decisions would require institutional incentives and targeted capacity building in addition to investment in creating standardized and more reliable data sets. It is critical for governments, implementing agencies, and researchers working in India to collaborate on evidence-based approaches to improve the quality of healthcare and health outcomes.