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Brief History

The  recognition of the need and the practice of public health and health education in India is ancient. The formal recognition to health education in India can be traced back as early as in 1929 when the State of Mysore ( now- Karnataka) had established a publicity unit within the state Directorate of Health Services to inform the masses about the importance of better health. By 1940, almost all States in the country had established publicity units as part of Directorate of health services. However the need for integrated and intensive health education as well as the need for independent organisations for this Purpose at the National Level was realized by the health survey committee under the chairmanship of Sir Joseph Bhore in 1944. The Committee strongly recommended the integration of health education, both at the Central and at the State levels.

During the First Five Year Plan period, the planning commission reiterated the need for intensive health education activities in the country. The commission stated that "all progress in public health depends ultimately on the willing assent and cooperation of the people and their active participation in measures intended for individual and community health protection. Considering how much illness is the result of ignorance of simple hygienic laws or indifference to their application in practice, no single measure is productive of greater return in proportion to outlay than health education". With this view in mind the planning commission recommended the establishment of properly staffed and equipped health Education Bureaus at the Central as well as at the State levels. Initially the Central Health Education Bureau provided guidelines to the state health education bureaus (SHEB) regarding their activities and functions and also provided funding to strengthen health education services in all states. Later on the SHEB became part of Directorate of Health Services and some of the SHEBs were converted into IEC bureaus.