Objective : It has been launched under the National Health Mission .Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) is an innovative and ambitious initiative, which envisages Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services, a systemic approach of early identification and link to care, support and treatment.
Key features of the scheme:
- The RBSK programme corresponds to the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Adolescent Health strategy (RMNCH+A), Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, and Child Survival and Development – A Call to Action summit held in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu in 2013.
- The scheme aims at early identification and early intervention for children from birth to 18 years to cover 4 D's viz. Defects at birth, Deficiencies, Diseases, Development delays including disability.
- The 0 - 6 years age group will be specifically managed at District Early Intervention Center ( DEIC ) level while for the 6 -18 years age group, managed at existing public health facilities.
- The services aim to cover children of 0 -6 years of age in rural areas and urban slums in addition to children enrolled in classes I to XII in Government and Government aided Schools. It is expected that these services will reach about 27 crores children in a phased manner.