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Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Profile of Sexual and Reproductive Health in India

Shireen J. Jejeebhoy (Editor)
Synopsis The last decade has witnessed many changes in the sexual and reproductive health situation in India. The policy and programme environment has undergone a significant shift from a narrow target-oriented family planning approach to a broader orientation that stresses sexual and reproductive health and choice. There have also been changes in the context of sexual and reproductive health. Some changes, such as declining infant mortality, increased access to skilled attendance at delivery, and declining unmet need for contraception have been positive. Other trends are disturbing, such as stagnating levels of maternal mortality, the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) notably HIV, the persistence of wide gender imbalances and the limited exercise of reproductive rights by many, particularly women. Moreover, the decade has raised concern about the unique sexual and reproductive health needs of the young. It has also seen the absorption of new technologies into everyday sexual and reproductive life. Finally, while the need for a rights-based approach has been recognised, this has not been reflected in terms of government's accountability in the realisation of health rights. In short, despite the strides made on several fronts, India continues to face a situation of considerable sexual and reproductive ill health and lack of informed choice. This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the reproductive health and rights situation and highlights major programmatic challenges and directions for policy-relevant empirical research on sexual and reproductive health in India. The population council, an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation established in 1952, seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The council undertakes biomedical, social science and operations research. It works through its four regional and 14 country offices. The council's regional office for South and East Asia is located in New Delhi, India.
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Title Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Profile of Sexual and Reproductive Health in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8170338794
length xvi+240p., Illustrations; Figures; Tables; 22cm.