Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health ( SWASTH )

Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST)
Government of Bihar initiative supported by Department for International Development, UK



SWASTH, through BTAST has led, embedded and supported a wide range of sustainable health systems strengthening activities and processes within the health sector. 
Key areas include: 
  • Improved capacity to govern and manage a government led system for quality assurance in the health sector.  
  • Strengthened institutional capacity and embedded systems to create a pool of skilled health workers. 
  • Increased capacity of the government to work with private sector providers.  
  • Improved procurement and supply chain management systems. 
  • Stronger public financial management systems.

Related Resources


Special camps are being organised in the state at public health facilities where haemo-dialysis sessions are being provided at half the market price.


The PHED-CGRC is also developing a mobile application for the officers to view the complaint.


BTAST’s knowledge sharing meet brings together cross-sectoral experts to give a fillip to development in the state.


Prakash Kumar, Team Lead, Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST), a health sector reform programme in Bihar supported by DFID-UK, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, says that convergence between health, nutrition, and water and sanitation makes sense for Bihar as it is one of the most populous state and optimum use of available resources and holistic planning is necessary for development. Excerpts from the interview with Prakash Kumar:

Knowledge Bank

The Family Friendly Hospitals Initiative (FFHI) was designed to improve quality of care in public health facilities, enhance patient satisfaction and increase service uptake.


13th Annual Conference of Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health (IASSH) is based on the theme of “health and development: research, practice and policy.”


BTAST plans to organise a cross-sectoral knowledge sharing meet on 18th December, 2015. The main purpose of the Cross-sectoral Knowledge Sharing group is to initiate a ‘knowledge sharing forum’.