The India Human Development Report 2011 undertakes a disaggregated analysis of a large set of indicators and is unhesitating in its criticism of our failures in human development outcomes even while recognising that there is empirical evidence of achievement in many dimensions. The main fi ndings of the report point out that the states are converging on important indicators of human functioning and that the indicators among the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and Muslims are converging with the national average.

With the recent data suggesting a substantial drop in the Total Fertility Rate of India (TFR), the health ministry has decided to lay more emphasis on spacing rather than limiting the children. With this aim in mind, the Union ministry is all set to launch a new birth control intrauterine device (IUD) — Suraksha 5 — that gives infection free protection for 5 years.

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre and all states and Union Territories on a petition claiming that family planning scheme’s key component, sterilisation programme, has become a “failure” in the country with most of the operations proving unsuccessful or health hazards.

While issuing notices, a bench comprising Justices R.M. Lodha and H.L. Gokhale sought reply affidavits form the Union and the state governments within eight weeks to a PIL filed by Devika Biswas on the issue.

The 2011 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) was the sixth national-level demographic and health survey designed to provide information on demographic and maternal and child health in Bangladesh. The BDHS included a household survey of ever-married women age 12-49 and ever-married men age 15-54.

The girl child seems to be disappearing from the progressive and urban areas of Gujarat.

Women and impoverished, illiterate tribals fall prey to Madhya Pradesh’s overweening family planning zeal
Birth Control

Two prestigious projects started with much fanfare by the Punjab government under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) have failed to take off.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday said the skewed sex ratio among children in Delhi was a matter of concern and her government was working on improving the gender disparity.

Approves PNDT Act overhaul, n To ban mobile ultrasound machines

:United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) would provide Bangladesh with 70 million US dollars for the next five years for the maternal health and family planning activities, an UNFPA o