ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Status of Women’s Reproductive Health in Bihar

Based on the National Family Health Survey data for 2015–16 and 2019–20, the article shows the precarious sexual and reproductive health of women in Bihar. While there are some improvements in this period, multiple indicators emerging from social and institutional determinants continue to show poor SRH of women in the state.


One of the lesser discussed health-related issues concerns the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of wo­men in Bihar. SRH indicates

a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes. (WHO 2010: 4)

This definition of SRH moves beyond physical health, includes the right to healthy, respectful relationships as well as the right of access to health services. In the recent past, it has been argued that sexual health is not the only component of reproductive health, and in fact, several other important social and institutional determinants affect SRH significantly (Malarcher 2010; UNPF 2019).

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Updated On : 11th Sep, 2021


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