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Maternal and Child Health: Inching Ahead, Miles to Go -Dipa Sinha

-Economic and Political Weekly The data from the Rapid Survey on Children conducted in 2013-14, released after an inexplicable delay and still in a summary fashion, show some but patchy progress between 2005-06 and 2013-14 in maternal and child health indicators. A preliminary analysis indicates that in those areas where special efforts were made, such as in increasing Institutional Delivery and expanding immunisation coverage, some results are seen. This calls for...

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Small leap forward in child health -Jean Drèze

-The Hindu While the Rapid Survey on Children points to substantial progress in fields that have become a focus of serious action, such as safe delivery, it also highlights the penalties of inaction in other fields The recent release of summary findings from the Rapid Survey on Children (RSOC) has generated remarkably little interest in the mainstream media. The main focus of attention so far has been the indifferent performance of Gujarat...

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Janani Suraksha Yojana: A scam of sorts in Uttar Pradesh

-Tehelka To avail the scheme's benefits, a 60-year-old woman in Bahraich was shown to have delivered a baby five times in 10 months, while another who never conceived in 12 years was paid Rs 1,400 as honorarium by the health department. An audit of Janani Suraksha Yojna beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh has come up with some startling facts. To avail the scheme’s benefits, a 60-year-old woman in Bahraich was shown to have...

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Tribal mothers look forward to rich nutritious meals -Dilnaz Boga

-TheHansIndia.com Poya Devi, 22, is happy that the weight of her child has been steadily increasing. Her infant has received immunisation and, since last June, Poya has been availing services of the Indiramma Amurutha Hastham (IAH) scheme in her village of Urumulu, which lies 30 kilometres away from Araku. Poya was registered at the village's anganwadi as soon as she got pregnant and was later sent to a hospital for Institutional Delivery...

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No room for choice

-The Hindu The recently released draft National Health Policy 2015 highlights the "challenge" of population stabilisation in six of the 11 States. Following massive protests over the death of 13 women who underwent the sterilisation procedure of tubectomy in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh last November, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has written to all States reminding them that every person should be counselled about the different family planning options available....

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