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Population and Reproductive Health in India: An Assessment of the Current Situation and Future Needs by Shireen J. Jejeebhoy

Population and Reproductive Health in India: An Assessment of the Current Situation and Future Needs

215 x 140 mm
11 Apr 2014
368  Pages
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India has made great strides in improving the well-being of its population. Enrolment in primary school is almost universal, life expectancy has increased, maternal and infant mortality have declined, more couples have exercised their right to bear the children they want, and HIV rates have fallen. There exist policies, laws, and programmes that intend to advance general welfare and the exercise of informed choice and reproductive rights of women, men, and adolescents.  

Progress has, however, been uneven. Notwithstanding policy and programme commitments to meet the health and development needs of India's population, their translation at the community and grassroots level is far from comprehensive and the most vulnerable populations remain unaware about their reproductive rights or are unable to exercise them. Child marriage continues to prevail, women continue to experience physical and sexual violence at home and outside of it, gender-biased sex selection is evident, and access to sexual and reproductive health services, including safe abortion, is compromised for many.

Synthesizing both qualitative and quantitative data on youth, gender, reproductive health and rights, and population, from a variety of sources, this volume presents a composite assessment of the situation and provides directions for government strategies and programmes.

  • The book brings the most current data and outlines a plan of action towards realization of India's health and population goals.
  • The book brings together academic and practitioners' perspectives.


Foreword by Keshav Desiraju
Preface by Frederika Meijer
List of Tables and Figures
List of Abbreviations

1. Setting the Stage
K.G. Santhya and Shireen J. Jejeebhoy

2. The Population and Development Scenario in India
P.M. Kulkarni

3. Sexual and Reproductive Health: Current Status and Future Needs
Shireen J. Jejeebhoy and K.G. Santhya

4. Adolescents and Youth in India: Challenges and Opportunities
K.G. Santhya and Shireen J. Jejeebhoy

5. Women's Empowerment and Gender Equity
Shireen J. Jejeebhoy and K.G. Santhya

6. The Role of Partners
Firoza Mehrotra

7. Moving Forward
Shireen J. Jejeebhoy, K.G. Santhya, P.M. Kulkarni, and Firoza Mehrotra

About the Authors


Students and scholars of sociology and anthropology, sociology of health and medicine, population and demography, developmental sociology

The book…presents in a balanced way both our achievements in areas such as reducing infant and maternal mortality, universalizing primary education, as well as the challenges we need to surmount—the persistence of vast inequalities, need for greater attention to enabling women to claim their rights, and much more investment in the youth.'

Syeda Hameed, Member, Planning Commission, Yojana Bhawan, New Delhi

'This volume very ably provides a synthesis of available evidence on [the] current situation, progress made thus far and the needs that still remain to be met...'

Leela Visaria, Honorary Professor, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Gujarat

'This comprehensive overview not only covers areas of progress, such as in maternal and child health and education, but also highlights continuing problems such as pervasive inequality, the neglect of vulnerable groups and widespread gender discrimination.'

John Bongaarts, Vice President and Distinguished Scholar, Population Council, New York

Shireen J. Jejeebhoy is Senior Associate, Population Council, New Delhi.

Firoza Mehrotra is a retired member of the Indian Administrative Service.

K.G. Santhya is Associate, Population Council, New Delhi.

P.M. Kulkarni is Professor of Demography, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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