We can increase the effectiveness of healthcare programmes in the following manner :
(i) The wide gap between rural and urban areas, poor and rich in utilising health care facilities must be addressed through more investment in health facilities in rural and backward areas by the government as private investment is not forthcoming in these areas.
(ii) Women's health across the country should be taken into greater focus as a healthy mother gives birth to a healthy offspring and health status of population can be improved.
(iii) Regulated private sector health services, NGOs and community participation can improve the effectiveness of health care facilities and play an important role in spreading health aware¬ness.
(iv) Indian system of medicine including Ayurveda and Naturopathy should be explored and used to support public health as they are based on natural healing and are of preventive nature.