ICDS and Its Impact on Child Health: A Study with Special Reference to West BengalAuthor : Kingsuk Maity, Pinaki Das and Satya Narayan Kumbhakar
Volume 8 No.2 April-June 2019 pp 16-23
As we are well aware of the fact that India takes the praise of subsiding the largest child population in the world but at the same time, we cannot deny the bitter truth that it too has the highest rate of malnourished people and undernourished children in the world. Thus, the Indian government has taken numerous steps towards mitigating these miseries and ICDS is a vital step towards it. Through this paper, an attempt has been made to analyze the performance of ICDS and its impact on the status of child health across the districts of West Bengal using NFHS-III and NFHS-IV data. The study revealed that Children’s nutritional status in West Bengal has significantly improved from 2005-06 to 2015-16. It is concluded the percentage share of underweight, stunted and wasting children have decreased in districts with higher women literacy rate and the concentration of AWCs.
Integrated Child Development, Health Education, Woman Literacy, Child Health
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