Status of Maternal and Child Health in Contemporary Bihar State of India


Dr. Vidyasagar Trigun, PhD
Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.


Health is one of the areas where Bihar needs special attention by the programmes and policy makers. The adequate number of health services with quality concern are still lacking in the state. The present paper deals with maternal and child health attributes of Bihar vis-à-vis EAG states of India. The data has been used from secondary sources which includes various rounds of National Family Health Survey (NFHS-1 to 4, 1992-93 to 2015-16). India: Health of the Nation’s States (2017), National Health Profile-2018 Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI), and National Health Policy-2017. The result suggests that most of the demographic and health indicators are improving in the state, however to achieve the policy goals, government must act more precisely to fulfil the local and community level gaps where large chunk of population are inaccessible, unknown and indifferent towards many health services and facilities.