Public Health Museum

National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) is an Apex Technical Institute, funded by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, for the promotion of health and family welfare programmes in the country through education, training, research, evaluation, consultancy and specialized services.


NIHFW is to be seen as an Institute of Global repute in Public Health and Family Welfare Management.


NIHFW conducts several in-service training courses, which are attended by the medical, paramedical and non-medical personnel. Besides, students from several medical colleges, nursing institutions and other health research institutions come for short term visits/training to the institute.

Public Health Museum at National Institute of Health and Family Welfare was established to benefit large variety of people ranging from layman, school children, paramedical personnel to professionals from other areas.

The foundation stone of Public Health Museum was laid on 15th October 2010 at National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi.


Public Health Museum is located at the basement of National Documentation Center

This educational and cultural museum is aimed at preserving nation’s history in public health and records. The Museum also serves as a resource to the community educating and promoting public health initiatives that address current health issues.
Main objective of starting Public Health Museum is to inform people about the issues related to Public health in India, spread the knowledge and to sensitize people (School children, layman, and participants of different training institutes in Health and Family Welfare and professionals).

  • Information on status of public health in India.
  • Information on history and different concepts related to public health.
  • Information on medicinal patterns in different cultures.
  • Information on policies and plans.
  • Information on new inventions and discoveries in the field of public health.
  • Information on milestones in the field of public health.
  • Information on National Health Programmes.
  • Information on National Rural Health Mission (beginning and achievements).
  • Information on vector born diseases.
  • Information on communicable diseases.
  • Information on noncommunicable diseases.
  • Information on medicinal plants, uses and importance.
  • Information on laboratory equipments.
  • Display of major training and research outcomes.
  • Myths and superstitions in public health.


The Public Health Museum idealises the following essential Public Health Services:

  • Monitor - Health status to identify community health problems.
  • Diagnose and investigate - Health problems and health hazards in the community.
  • Inform, educate, and empower - People about health issues.
  • Mobilize - Community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
  • Develop policies and plans - To support individual and community health efforts.
  • Enforce - Laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  • Link - People to needed personal health services and assures the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
  • Assure - A competent public health and personal healthcare workforce.
  • Evaluate - Effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  • Research - New insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

Map of the Museum

Main Hall
  • Public Health in India
  • Public Health in India, before and after Independence
  • Medicinal System in different Cultures
  • Vital Statistics System in India
  • National Programme of Control of Blindness
  • National Cancer Control programme
  • National Iodine Deficiency Control Programme
  • National Leprosy Eradication Programme
  • National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness
  • National Mental Health Programme
  • National Tobacco Control Programme
  • National Tuberculosis Control Programme
  • National Vector Born Disease Control Programme
  • National Programme for Prevention and Control of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke
  • Universal Immunization Programme
  • National School Health Programme

Central Hall
  • Water and Sanitation Models
  • Water and Sanitation
  • NRHM (Overview – 2005 - 2010)
  • Health Sector Reforms
  • Hand Inspection Cabinet
  • Millennium Development Goal
  • Vision 2020
  • National Common Minimum Programme
  • National Health Policy
  • National Population Policy
  • National Programme of Nutrition Support to Primary Education
  • Stress Management

Galleries and Rooms
  • Vector Born Diseases
  • Malaria
  • Dengue
  • Filaria
  • Chikanguniya
  • Kala Azar
  • Japani Encephalitis
  • Swine Flue
  • Reproductive Health
  • Family Planning
  • Female Reproductive System
  • Male Reproductive System
  • Vaccines
  • Mental Disorder
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco
  • Asthma
  • Ayurveda/ Unani/ Sidhha
  • Disaster Management
  • Blindness
  • Arthritis
  • Ayush
  • Cancer
  • Dental Problem
  • Diabetes
  • Tuberculosis
  • Blindness
  • Yoga