India is a country with a large and diverse population, and women’s health is an important issue that affects millions of women across the country. Despite some progress in recent years, there are still significant challenges that need to be addressed in order to improve the health and wellbeing of women in India.

Maternal health is one of the most pressing issues facing women in India. According to the World Health Organization, India has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with an estimated 167 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2019. This is partly due to inadequate access to healthcare services, particularly in rural areas, and a lack of skilled birth attendants. In addition, there are cultural and social factors that contribute to poor maternal health outcomes, such as early marriage and childbirth, gender discrimination, and low levels of education. Access to contraception and family planning services remains limited in many parts of the country, particularly among marginalized communities. This can lead to unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and a higher risk of maternal mortality.

Mental health is another area that requires greater attention in India, particularly among women. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders are common among women in India, but there is a lack of awareness and resources to address these issues. Stigma surrounding mental illness also prevents many women from seeking help or treatment. Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease are also major health concerns for women in India, particularly as lifestyles become more sedentary and diets become less healthy.

Efforts are underway to improve women’s health in India, including the implementation of policies and programs aimed at improving maternal and reproductive health, increasing access to healthcare services, and raising awareness about mental health issues. However, much more needs to be done to address the complex and multifaceted challenges facing women in India, and to ensure that all women have access to the healthcare services they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

-Contribution for RAAY Foundation by Ishika Shah