Ministry of Health & Family Welfare - NPPCD Grant

National Program for Prevention & Control of Deafness (NPPCD)

Hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit in humans today. World over, it is the second leading cause for 'Years lived with Disability (YLD)' the first being depression. As per WHO estimates in India, there are approximately 63 million people who are suffering from Significant Auditory Impairment; this places the estimated prevalence at 6.3% in Indian population. As per NSSO survey, currently there are 291 persons per one lakh population who are suffering from severe to profound hearing loss (NSSO, 2001). An even larger percentage of our population suffers from milder degrees of hearing loss and unilateral (one sided) hearing loss. Over 50% of the causes of hearing impairment are preventable and a large percentage of causes are treatable by surgical methods while other patients can be rehabilitated with the use of hearing aids, speech and hearing therapy. Against the above background, a Pilot phase of the National Programme has been initiated from July 2006 to June 2008. It is proposed to incorporate the programme in the eleventh five year plan.


Objectives of the NPPCD


To prevent and control major causes of hearing impairment and deafness, so as to reduce the total disease burden by 25%, by the end of Eleventh Five Year Plan.


·        To prevent the avoidable hearing loss on account of disease or injury.

·        Early identification, diagnosis and treatment of ear problems responsible for hearing loss and deafness.

·        To medically rehabilitate persons of all age groups, suffering with deafness.

·        To strengthen the existing inter-sectoral linkages for continuity of the rehabilitation programme, for persons with deafness.

·        To develop institutional capacity for ear care services by providing support for equipment and material and training personnel.


It is necessary to have an interface with the community and the people for any disease control activities. Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), in view of their better reach at the grass root level are important agencies, which may assist in these activities. The NGO scheme is meant to extend financial assistance to NGOs working for Deafness.


Scheme is presently available for NGOs:


Eligibility Conditions


For the purpose of the schemes, a NGO means:


·        A society registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860 (Act XXI of 1860 or any such act resolved by the State) or a charitable public trust registered under any law for the time being in force).


·        Track record of having experience in providing health/ Rehabilitative services preferably related to Hearing / speech services over a minimum period of 3 years.


·        Having available well-trained staff, infrastructure and the required managerial expertise to organize and carry out health camp activities under the scheme.


·        Agreeing to abide by the guidelines and the norms of the NPPCD.


Details of the schemes


Recurring grant-in-aid for conducting of Screening Camps under NPPCD for the screening of Deafness and Speech related cases.


The State Nodal Agency (SNA) under NPPCD will identify organizations in voluntary sector that have facilities for Health / Rehabilitative services preferably Hearing / speech related services. Following approach may be taken for NGO participation:


Identification of NGOs


·        The NGO scheme will be implemented through the SNA.


·        The SNA will select NGOs in their respective state as per the prescribed criteria.


·        The funds for conducting screening camps would be released to state health society.


·        Periodic monitoring will be carried out by the MOHFW, SNA and DNA in order to ensure proper functioning of the scheme and suggest modifications if necessary.


Role of the Nodal Agency


·        Selection of NGOs for implementation of the NGO scheme (priority may be given to NGOs working in the districts covered by NPPCD however nodal agency is empowered to identify NGO located outside the district)


·        The SNA will select the NGOs for implementation of the NGO scheme on the basis of eligibility criteria and Submit the list of NGOs selected for the implementation of the scheme. While selecting an NGO, priority may be given to NGOs working in the districts covered by NPPCD however SNA is empowered to identify NGO located outside the district.


·        Submission of the list of NGOs selected for the implementation of the scheme to Central Coordination Committee /  Ministry.


·        Submission of action plan by NGO including the proposed number of camps and the geographical area to be covered under the selected districts to SNA with a copy to Central Coordination Committee /  Ministry.


·        Sensitization of NGO ENT doctors/ audiologists, about the programme and its objective.


·        SNA will monitor the activities of the NGO.


·        The SPC/DPC will release funds to the organization/s in installments as per the action plan.


Role of the NGO


The NGO will implement the activities by means of organizing of camps at periodic intervals in a well-defined geographical area according to the guidelines for conducting screening camp.


·        The camps will be held at PHC / CHC / District hospital level in every district twice a month.


·        The SNA/DNA will be informed about the camp in advance.


·        Sensitisation of ENT Doctors/Audiologists responsible for conducting the camp about the aims and objectives of the programme.


·        These NGOs will sensitize the community a prior to the camp regarding the complaints related to the Hearing impairment. People with such complaints should be encouraged to attend these camps. With this approach the camps will be able to achieve the objective of detection of Hearing Impairment at an early stage.


·        Identification of cases which may lead to Hearing and speech impairment


·        Treatment of cases identified, or referral of the cases for further treatment and Rehabilitation;


·        Record (card) for each patient should be prepared indicating the details regarding the patient, diagnosis, treatment, investigations and suggested management/ follow-up.


·        Appropriate and prompt referral should be ensured for detected cases.


·        IEC activities would also be incorporated as a part of the screening the camps.


·        The NGO may also use suitable innovative measures to improve the effectiveness of the camp.


Grant-in-aid to NGO


Grant-in-aid to NGO for this scheme is governed by the following



Amount (Rs.)

Honorarium for one Nurses @ Rs 500/- each


Honorarium for one Audiologist


Honorarium for one Medical social worker


Honorarium for one Group D staff


Travel including hiring of Vehicals


Printing and use of IEC materials


Hiring of space, equipments






Grand Total


This is an indicative list and appropriate modifications within the existing budget may be made by the concerned agency with the concurrence of the DHS.


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