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Mohalla Clinics

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  1. Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.


Mohalla Clinics


What to study?

For prelims and mains: mohalla clinics- success, model and potential.


Context: Delhi’s Mohalla clinic initiative is set to be extended to several states, with Telangana, Karnataka, Jharkhand and J&K expressing interest in adopting the flagship project.


About Mohalla clinics:

  • Started in 2015, they are primary health centres in New Delhi, that offer a basic package of essential health services including medicines, diagnostics, and consultation free of cost.
  • Mohalla in Hindi means neighborhood or community.
  • These clinics serve as the first point of contact for the population, offer timely services, and reduce the load of referrals to secondary and tertiary health facilities in the state.
  • Every such clinic has a doctor, a technician for uploading patients’ Aadhaar card details and a lab assistant for collecting blood samples and disbursing medicines.
  • The clinics run from 8 am to 2 pm and doctors are paid on the basis of the number of patients they treat — each doctor gets Rs 30 per patient per day.
  • Each clinic is ideally supposed to cater to a 5-km radius with a population of 10,000-15,000.


Sources: The Hindu.