Indian women and children showing progress in key health indicators
- The U.N.-supported Rapid Survey on Children showed significant positive developments in the rates of stuntedness in children, child marriage, breastfeeding, immunization, and hospital childbirths.
- The survey–the first of its kind in India in nearly a decade–still indicated that rates of adverse behaviors and conditions remain high, however.
- Since the initial report covering 2005-06, the government has introduced a number of public health measures, including introducing female community health advisers and free facilitation services, such as hospital transportation for pregnant women.
“Overall we are pleased about the data as it shows a positive trend. … Anything India does on development has a huge impact globally and I think everyone is optimistic about the progress made.”
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