Kerala, Tamil Nadu best performers in child health and welfare
Kerala surpassed other states in access to good healthcare, nutrition and quality education
New Delhi: A report on child well-being in India rated Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh as the best states.
The report released last week covered most of the major aspects of child well-being, health, nutrition, education and protection.
The India Child Well-Being report by World Vision India, a humanitarian organisation, and IFMR LEAD, a non-profit research organisation, was released in the presence of Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
“Kerala surpassed most Indian states by ensuring access to good health and nutrition to children and safe drinking water and sanitation, providing quality education and addressing poverty,” the report mentioned.
Madhya Pradesh ranked the lowest. According to the report, more children live in poorer families in Madhya Pradesh. Jharkhand and Meghalaya were two other states near the bottom.
The categorisation of performance of the states was “measured from the perspective of child rights as given by UNCRC and the Ecological framework of child well-being”.
A composite child well-being index was arrived at on the basis of three dimensions – healthy individual development, positive relationships and protective contexts.
“Across the dimensions, 24 indicators of child well-being were chosen. The expectation is that these child well-being indicators will give a valid measure... in different states,” said the report.
These indicators cover major aspects of well-being, health, nutrition, education and protection.
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