The Kayakalp Programme of the Government of Assam aims to promote better hygiene, cleanliness, and infection control practices in Public Healthcare Facilities. This is implemented through continuous assessments and reviews of hygiene, cleanliness, and infection control. It also recognises healthcare facilities that promote and maintain high standards in these three parameters.
The Kayakalp Programme is connected to the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan programme which was launched in 2014 which promotes hygiene and cleanliness in public places. However, this becomes even more important when it comes to healthcare facilities as it prevents the spread of infection and also improves outcomes for the recovery of health for existing patients.
The Swacch Bharat Abhiyan program has issued ‘Swachhta’ or cleanliness guidelines for health facilities which are taken into account for the Kayakalp Programme in Assam.
Objectives of Kayakalp Programme
The objectives of the Kayakalp Programme are as given below:
To create and share practices that are sustainable related to improving the cleanliness of public health facilities as it is linked to positive health outcomes.
To have continuous peer review and assessment of performance related to sanitation, cleanliness, and hygiene.
To award and reward public health facilities that demonstrate extraordinary adherence to the standard protocols of infection control and cleanliness.
To promote practices of exemplary infection control, hygiene, and cleanliness in public health facilities.
Implementation of Kayakalp in Assam
In the year 2015, a state-level award committee was constituted for promoting cleanliness conferring awards by way of recognition to the Public Healthcare Facilities in accordance with guidelines set by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
An award committee was set up at the district level across all districts in the state. This committee would conduct assessments and declare the awards for outstanding Public Healthcare Facilities in the respective districts. Assessment teams were set up to conduct internal, external, and peer assessments in these Public Health Institutions.
The Kayakalp Programme awards public health facilities under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. These awards are given to:
Best district hospitals in each state (two in number).
Best community health centres or sub-district hospitals (limited to one number in small states).
Primary health centres (one in each district).
Award Certification and Amount
The amount and certification given for the awards is as given below:
Type of Facility
Certification of Commendation
Amount of Award
Primary Health Centre
Winner: Rs.2 lakh
CHC and SDH
First Prize: Rs.15 lakh
Second Prize: 10 lakh
First Prize: Rs.50 lakh
Second Prize: Rs.20 lakh
To apply for the award, the following eligibility criteria have to be met:
Achieved a score of 70% in the criteria during the peer assessment process.
Implemented periodic peer or internal assessments based on the pre-defined criteria.
Established a committee for Cleanliness and Infection Control.
These are the parameters by which the public health institutions will be judged:
Promotion of hygiene
Control of infection
Management of waste
Hygiene and sanitation
Upkeep of facilities
The implementation of the Kayakalp Programme results in increased positive health outcomes in Public Healthcare Facilities across the state, thus reducing the spread of infections and increasing recovery outcomes in patients.
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