The Indian Institute of Health and Family Welfare (formerly State Institute of Health and Family Welfare) was established by the State Government in 1992 with financial assistance from the World Bank (WB) as part of India Population Project – VI (IPP –VI) to serve as an apex institute for providing training to health personnel from the state department of health, medical and family welfare. It is an autonomous institute registered in the A.P. Registration of Societies Act, 1956. Initially, IIHFW started functioning from the campus of Directorate of Medical and Health Services and shifted to its present campus located in Vengalrao Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana in 1992.
IIHFW has gained recognition as a Centre of Excellence in developing Training Curriculum and Modules for in-service Health functionaries. The Institute has been nodal agency ensuring trained manpower in Health Sector for better delivery of Healthcare services. The focus of the Institute has always been on the ‘Capacity Building’ of Health Sector Professionals. It provides mentorship and technical guidance to two Regional Health and Family Welfare Training Centres (RHFWTC) and 31 District Training Teams (DTTs).
IIHFW Institute has successfully undertaken many researches in past three decades. To mention recent few, Community-based research studies sponsored by National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) and Evaluation study on Multi-tiered Anganwadi Training Centres sponsored by Department of Women Development and Child Welfare, Vulnerability Assessments of Slums in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (based on this Basti Dawa Khana is established), Menstrual Hygiene in Adolescent Girls,
IIHFW comprises six departments covering the disciplines of Public Health, Demography, Epidemiology, Management, Reproductive Health Studies and Health Communication. The Faculty are acclaimed as “Passionate” and “Committed” by the NHM central review mission (CRM). Telangana State Technical Unit (TSU) funded by UNICEF, Hyderabad and Centre for Advanced Midwifery Training (CAMT) funded by NHM-Telangana functions under the umbrella of the institute.
Besides conducting Policy relevant research studies, the Institute also focuses on Consultancy, Evaluation Studies, Field interventions, Monitoring and Multi-media Content Development. IIHFW has contributed significantly towards emergence of new knowledge and made an impact on State Health Policy. The faculty of the institute regularly participate in Radio & TV programs, Publish articles in newspapers, periodicals, technical and scientific journals and participate as resource persons in different forums meant for deliberations, discussions, brain-storming on issues concerning health, nutrition and family welfare. They also render consultancy services to organizations like Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, CARE, Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and World Bank (WB).
HFW is a partner of `National Consortium of Training Institutions in Community Health’ and is also designated as a `Collaborative Training Institute (CTI)’ by National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (GoI) for conducting training programs in the ambit of RCH-II, NRHM and NUHM.
IIHFW conduct a wide range of training programs viz., Induction training course for newly recruited Medical Officers, Training of Trainers’ courses, Orientation Courses for different level of Para medical functionaries, Sensitization courses for each new program before the roll-out , Refresher courses for in-service candidates and Specialized programs like Leadership, Team Building, Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) etc., The institute has established a `cascade training model’, wherein it first conducts a Training Of Trainers (ToT) program and then facilitates the district-level training rollout. During the financial year 2017-18, the institute has facilitated 42 training programs covering 15,500 participants at the institute and district levels. The institute has trained 4,116 health personnel in its own campus and facilitated training of 11,384 health personnel in the 31 districts.
The Institute is currently engaged in operationalising mandatory training programs of National Health Mission (NHM). These programs are part and parcel of thrust areas, namely maternal health, child health, family welfare, adolescent health, disease control programs, health education, etc., Print and Video training modules in English and Telugu on topics pertaining to health are developed by the Institute for use in modular training programs. It also produces IEC resources like posters, booklets, folders, manuals and modules for dissemination of authentic scientific information on issues relating to health and family welfare.
IIHFW is registering discernible contributions to covid-19 prevention and control, primarily through the functions of capacity building, training, awareness generation, content development, monitoring, documentation and translation. IIHFW has disseminated its learning and awareness generation resources to both our state departments and general public.