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Middlebury College

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Fall 2013

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India: Health and Human Rights


Child immunization rates in India continue to remain low, despite the 1985 implementation of a Universal Immunization Program that provides free basic immunizations to all children. There are numerous logistical factors that contribute to the low rates of immunization, but rates are made further worse by a lack of parental awareness and education about immunization, especially in village communities. This study examines the maternal understanding of immunization in rural Uttarakhand, both in villages in which an NGO has been working to improve maternal immunization education and in villages with no NGO involvement. It finds a positive correlation between increased immunization education, increased maternal knowledge of immunization, and increased health seeking behavior of mothers.


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Services Research | International Public Health | Maternal and Child Health | Pediatrics | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion


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