Human development is multi-dimensional and health is one of the most important components among them. ‘Health is wealth’ stands true as healthy population live longer, more productive and contributes more to economic development. Therefore, it is a focal point of priority stressed by government of most of the countries. Although health care system in India has been expanded considerably, yet health scenario, in terms of rural health infrastructure, quality, functioning, coverage, doctors-nurses per thousand populations, etc. is inadequate. In the North eastern region, there is major variation in health services across states, between urban and rural areas, in hilly terrains and so on. In this perspective, the present volume attempts to highlight the status and various dimensions of health. Taking a close look at the issues, the contributors discuss at length the performance of NRHM, utilization of antenatal care, health parameters of tribal’s and non-tribal’s, women reproductive health, spatial inequalities in access to health care, community participation for health, the role of mass media and in changing health care knowledge, women, child and reproductive health and suitability of drinking water and role of education in women health care with special focus on rural North East India.
Harendra Sinha (b. 1968) obtained his MA (Political Science) and Ph.D. degrees from Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam. He is presently working as Associate Professor in Political Science, Government J. Buana College Lunglei, Mizoram. He has authored the books “Bureaucracy and Rural Development in Mizoram”, “Empowerment of Women in North East India” (eds.), “Decentralization and Rural Development in North East India” (eds.), “Health and Development in North East India” (ed), “Development Constraints in North East India” (ed.) “Women in North East India” (eds) and “Women in Mizo Society” (eds.), “North East India” (eds.) and contributed number of research papers, regularly contributes papers in edited books, national and international journals and present papers at seminars.
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