Reproductive Health in India
Despite far-reaching changes in policy and programming aimed at improving reproductive and sexual health conditions in India, the last decade has seen mixed results in areas ranging from maternal health to sexual violence; service delivery to gender inequality. This comprehensive volume presents 19 pioneering studies, each offering key insights that enhance the understanding of a broad range of sexual and reproductive health issues in India. The topics include: maternal reproductive health, infertility, abortion, treatment, sexual relationship formation, men's sexual health, coercive sex, and spousal communication. Findings also highlight the situation and needs of such vulnerable populations as adolescents, street children, and the urban and rural poor. By maintaining an emphasis on community and client perspectives, these studies provide crucial information on colloquial understandings of symptoms and treatment-seeking, along with experiences of morbidity and public vs. private service utilization. This collection of research findings represents a significant step forward. It provides useful insights for health policy development and public and NGO sector programming. Additionally, Reproductive Health in India highlights gaps in evidence and priority issues that still need to be researched.
Publication Date: 4/1/2008