Budget measures for women’s welfare schemes fall short5 min read . Updated: 02 Feb 2017, 03:31 AM IST
In a country where 73.5% of women in the reproductive age are anemic and 18.6% of children are born with low birth weight, the need for cash support in maternity cannot be disputed
It was the third pregnancy at the age of 27 that killed her. Her daughter was born soon after marriage and a son, two years later. During her third pregnancy, the 27-year-old illiterate tribal who lived in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district had three antenatal check ups and, when found to be severely anemic, was given iron tablets. The ASHA (accredited social health activist) urged her to see a doctor. But, she said, she could neither afford the fee nor the cost of travel. Her husband was an alcoholic and it was her daily wage earnings that supported the family.
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