The Profile and Job Perceptions of Block Programme Managers in Karnataka
The Journal of Community Health Management
One of the strategies of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was the appointment of Block Programme Managers (BPMs) to support the management of the rural health system. This descriptive study provides first insights on who BPMs are, what they do, and what they perceive as barriers to their well-functioning. Data were collected through a semi-structured and self-administered questionnaire from 117 BPMs of Karnataka. Seventy four percent of the contacted BPMs responded. Their average age
... heir average age was 30.4 years, 85% was male, 88.8% had a Master in Business Administration. Self-reported performance and perceived ability is high. BPMs report low salary, lack of cooperation from higher level and field staff, lack of training, lack of logistic support and lack of authority as important barriers to their work. This study suggests that the BPMs require capacity building and supportive supervision with regular feedback to improve their performance. We encourage more research on this important element of NRHM.