Early identification and early intervention for children from birth to 18 years to cover 4 ‘D’s– Defects at birth, Deficiencies, Diseases, Development delays including disability.
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Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK)
- Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) is a new initiative aiming at early identification and early intervention or children from birth to 18 years to cover 4 ‘D’s.
- They are; Defects at birth, Deficiencies, Diseases, Development delays including disability.
- Once the child is screened and referred from any of these points of identification, it would be ensured that the necessary treatment is delivered at zero cost to the family.
- The services aim to cover children of 0-6 years of age in rural areas and urban slums; and children enrolled in classes I to XII in Government and Government aided Schools.
Screening process of Child:
- Child screening under RBSK is at two levels community level and facility level.
- Facility based new born screening at public health facilities and community level screening
will be conducted by the Mobil health teams.
- The 0-6 years age group– managed at District Early Intervention Centre (DEIC).
- 6-18 years age group– managed at existing public health facilities like PHCs / CHCs/ DH.
- DEIC will act as referral linkages for both the age groups.
- First level of screening is to be done at all delivery points.
- After 48 hours till 6 weeks the screening of newborns will be done by ASHA at home as a part of HBNC package.
- Outreach screening will be done by dedicated mobile block level teams for 6 weeks to 6 years at anganwadis centres and 6-18 years children at school.