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Family planning report shows use of modern contraceptives on the up in India

India has made substantial progress in the last eight years according to a recent report published by organisation Family Planning 2020, which found that now more than 139 million Indian women and girls used modern contraceptives.  “Access to [family planning] is fundamental to the success of the [Sustainable Development Goals],” FP2020 – “a global partnership […]

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The challenge of getting family planning “right”: Professor Amy O. Tsui on sexual and reproductive health in India

  With India facing a plethora of issues related to sexual and reproductive health, ranging from sex-selective abortion to rising rates of infertility, Health Issues India interviewed Professor Amy O. Tsui, PhD of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, to discuss India’s family planning, female sterilisation, infertility, female foeticide, and other issues in the

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India failing its women on health, as the gender gap widens

The gender gap is widening in India. It ranks 108 of 144 countries on the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report – dropping 21 places from last year, which saw India ranked 87th. Failing to break the top 100 The WEF measures countries across four indicators: educational attainment, economic participation and opportunity,

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Chhattisgarh sterilisation camp deaths: Three years on

On November 8, 2014, 140 women underwent surgery in two state-run sterilisation camps in Chhattisgarh. Five days later, thirteen of them had died. The tragedy grabbed global headlines. Three years later, it remains an open wound in India. At the time, it seemed as if there was one, easy-to-identify cause that could be addressed through

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India’s growing population: its effect on healthcare

The UN estimates that India will surpass China as the world’s most populous country in around 14 years, at which point the population will number 1.45 billion. Unlike China, which has attempted to implement controversial governmental strategies such as the one child policy, India’s population is still rapidly growing. India is currently the second most

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Reducing maternal mortality through access to contraception

India’s annual maternal mortality rate (MMR) is 45,000 deaths every year. This equates to 5 deaths every hour. One way of reducing the number of deaths is better access to contraception. India’s MMR fell from 212 deaths per 100,000 live births between 2007-09 to 167 deaths per 100,000 live births between 2011 and 2013 –

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