How has women's health become a matter of concern?



Women constitute about half the total population in India. They suffer many disadvantages as compared to men in the areas of education, participation in economic activities and healthcare. The child sex ratio has been detonated from 927 in 2001 to 914 in 2011. There is growing incidence of female foeticide in the country. Close to 300,000 girls under the age of 15 are not only married but have already borne children, at least once. More than 50 % of married women between the age group of 15 and 49 years suffer from anaemia caused by iron deficiency. It has contributed to 19 % of maternal deaths. Abortions are major cause of maternal morbidity and mortality in India.