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Newborn Health in Urban India

Osrin, D; (2014) Newborn Health in Urban India. In: Zodpey, S and Paul, VK, (eds.) State of India's Newborns 2014. (pp. 79-98). Public Health Foundation of India, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Save the Children: New Delhi, India. Green open access

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Abstract

The rapid population growth in urban India has outpaced the municipal capacity to build essential infrastructures that make life in cities safe and healthy. Local and national governments alike are grappling with the challenges of urbanization, with thousands migrating from villages to cities. Many of them ultimately end up living in slums, which are, in fact, a product of this uncontrolled migration. Thus urbanization in India has been accompanied by a concentration of poverty and urban public health has emerged as one of the most pressing priorities facing our country. Children’s health is primarily determined by socioeconomic conditions, which in turn are shaped by the distribution of power and resources. The consequences of having too little of both are evident in informal settlements and slums. This chapter focuses on newborn health in urban areas in India. It discusses the challenges, roadblocks, efforts, and initiatives by the government and other national and international organizations, possible options, research priorities and the other requirements needed to gear up the urban health systems to cater to newborn health.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Newborn Health in Urban India
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.newbornwhocc.org/SOIN_PRINTED%2014-9-20...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2014 Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. All rights reserved.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1448565
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