Reproductive and child health service delivery and utilization in India
India's Family Welfare Program was launched in 1951, and has made limited gains in improving the health of mothers and children. However, the approach was, for a very long time, mainly geared towards achieving demographic targets. During the late 80s and early 90s, global focus shifted away from mere population control to one that emphasizes that individuals should have the ability to reproduce and regulate their fertility, and that women should be free from the fear of pregnancy and disease. India has since then adapted its own programs to reflect this change. With some of the highest maternal mortality, infant mortality, and under-five mortality rates in the world, India has a long way to go. While socio-economic factors have always been offered as the primary reason for low levels of utilization of reproductive and child health services (RCH) in India, this paper seeks to make an important contribution by highlighting that much of the problem is hidden in the quantity and quality of these services, and attempts to identify key inputs on the delivery side that could lead to significant improvement in India's RCH indicators.
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Paul, Vinod Kumar; Sachdev, Harshpal Singh; Mavalankar, Dileep; Ramachandran, Prema; Sankar, Mari Jeeva; Bhandari, Nita; Sreenivas, Vishnubhatla; Sundararaman, Thiagarajan; Govil, Dipti; Osrin, David; Kirkwood, Betty (2011-01-22)India, with a population of more than 1 billion people, has many challenges in improving the health and nutrition of its citizens. Steady declines have been noted in fertility, maternal, infant and child mortalities, and ...