India Child Well-Being Report
INDIA CHILD WELL-BEING REPORT
What’s in news?
Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Puducherry topped the charts in recently released the child well-being index.
- “India Child Well-Being Report” was released by an NGO World Vision India one of the largest child-focused humanitarian organisations along with IFMR LEAD, the Research Institute.
- The report is important considering that 40 per cent of the country’s population is made of children between the ages of 1 and 18.
- The report is an attempt to look at how India fairs on child well-being using a composite child well-being index. The report is an attempt to look at how India fairs on child well-being using a composite child well-being index.
- This index is a tool designed to measure and tracks children’s well-being comprehensively and provides insights on health, nutrition, education, sanitation and child protection.
- One of the primary objectives of this index is to garner attention to the under-researched theme of child well-being in India, and inspire further academic and policy conversations on related issues.
- The report asks the states to look out for their scores and to prepare for priority areas of intervention with specific plans of action.
- The scores of the report may
- Trigger policy level changes
- Better allocation in budget
- Initiate discussions with all stakeholders.
- Healthy individual development.
- positive relationships.
- protective contexts.
Performance of the states:
- Kerala (score 0.76), Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh (score 0.67) leading the charts.
- Kerala bagged the top spot due to its exceptional performance in health and education facilities.
- Meghalaya, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh featuring at the bottom. Poor nutrition and low child survival rate pushed Jharkhand and MP to the bottom of the index.
- Tamil Nadu is the second-best performer in the overall category, with a score of 0.67 but it slipped to the 5th position in the Health dimension.
- West Bengal – 11th position – but does better in health indicators and ranks seventh.
- Andhra Pradesh – 26th position.
- Among Union territories;
- Puducherry (score 0.77) is in top position among UT.
- Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Score 0.52).
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