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South Asia: Maternal and Reproductive Health at a Glance

Sameh El-Saharty, Naoko Ohno, Intissar Sarker and Federica Secci

No 93552, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank

Abstract: The South Asia Region (SAR) includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. With over 1.6 billion people, it is the most densely populated region in the world. The populations vary from 400,000 in the Maldives to 1.2 billion in India. The economies range from fragile and low-income to middle-income countries. SAR experienced 20 years of robust economic growth, averaging 6 percent a year. Growth resulted in declining poverty and impressive improvements in human development. More than 42 percent of the developing world?s poor live in SAR, where about 500 million people survive on less than $1.25 a day.

Keywords: absolute terms; access to reproductive health services; adolescent; adolescent fertility; adult literacy; antenatal care; basic education; basic health; child mortality ... See More + contraception; contraceptive prevalence; deaths; Early marriage; economic growth; Family Health; fertility; fertility rate; first birth; first marriage; Gender inequality; Health Management; human development; income; live births; malnutrition; maternal health; maternal health outcomes; maternal health services; maternal mortality; Ministry of Health; National Family Health Survey; Nutrition; Population Research; Population Studies; pregnancy; pregnancy rates; progress; Public Health; reducing maternal mortality; Regional Context; Regional Office; Remittances; replacement level; REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH; rural access; Skilled birth attendance; UNFPA; working-age population; World Health Organization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2014-11
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