The health of women and children in our project areas are adversely affected by her inability to avail of health services and facilities due to two core factors: her inability to bear the costs involved independently as well as on the sheer physical availability of health facilities to her. The state apparatus created for women's health is primarily concerned with the problem of family welfare, more particularly family planning.
Women's general health is not a priority area. But women's health and nutritional status and water and sanitation impact the health of their children. Experts predict that further decline in infant mortality will depend on reductions in neonatal mortality, which accounts for 50-60% of all infant mortality in U.P. Deaths and disability as a result of pre-maturity and growth retardation are related with nutritional deficiencies and infections in women.
Our base-line surveys, before starting work in our project areas, show various types of health problems such as diarrhea, typhoid, malaria, jaundice, anemia and water associated diseases to be rampant. IMR and MMR are very high in the villages. The primary health Centers are not equipped to meet the health needs of the villagers, more particularly women and girls.