What Tamil Nadu, Kerala can teach other states
Tamil Nadu and Kerala emerged as leaders in public health for three reasonsgenuine universal health access, innovations in front-line health delivery and political will
Kerala and Tamil Nadu have outstanding outcomes on health and social indicators. They are beacons in India’s public health landscape. According to the latest data, maternal deaths per 100,000 live births is 61 in Kerala, and 79 in Tamil Nadu, while the all-India average is 167. Both have achieved 99% institutionally delivered births. Kerala’s neonatal mortality rate is 6, which falls in the same bracket as the US at 4 and UK at 3. These two states, comparative laggards in economic growth, emerged as leaders in public health for three reasons—genuine universal health access, innovations in front-line health delivery and political will.