In need of healing

In need of healing

The state of India’s health remains as perilous as ever. Healthcare is still more of a privilege than an entitlement, as can be seen in the data presented here—almost 60% of all specialist doctors practise in urban areas. There has been some improvement over the years. While the 2005-06 National Family Health Survey revealed that merely 43.5% of the country’s children were fully immunized, a recent Unicef survey puts the figure at 61% in 2009. Discrepancies remain, with some states performing better than others. The two reports we have culled from—Unicef’s Coverage Evaluation Survey 2009 and India Health Report 2010 by Indicus Analytics—illustrate some of the larger challenges that India faces.

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Graphics by Ahmed Raza Khan/Mint

Compiled by Radhieka Pandeya