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 INDIA GOVERNANCE REPORT

 
CASE STUDY

How Karnataka Is Improving Children’s Health By Focusing On Mothers

Karnataka has the highest maternal mortality rate in South India. A third of its under-5 children are wasted or stunted, and 26% are underweight. Two years ago, Karnataka launched its most ambitious nutritious meals programme, Mathrupoorna, at an annual cost of Rs 645 crore ($91.4 million), to prevent sickness and malnutrition among would-be and lactating mothers, and tackle malnutrition. The programme has reached 75% of its target group, providing them with nutritious meals six times a week. It also provides counselling and other health benefits during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life--from conception until two years of age. However, varying poverty levels, social taboos, migration, and overworked and underpaid health workers are creating hindrances.
 
SPOTLIGHT
Staff Shortages, Fund Crunch/Delays Stall India’s Healthcare System
 

Public spending on healthcare has not crossed 1.28% of India’s gross domestic product in the last decade. With disease transition--where more Indians are afflicted by lifestyle diseases than communicable diseases--under way, human resource shortages and a continuing fund crunch affect India’s health goals. This is the concluding story in a four-part IndiaSpend-Observer Research Foundation series on data, healthcare and public policy. As the Narendra Modi government returns to power, we look at the resource constraints that the new dispensation has to address in India’s healthcare.


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