oa South African Health Review - How health systems investments can improve reproductive health services : the case of Tamil Nadu : reflections on the Millennium Development Goals - profile

Volume 2010, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1025-1715



Tamil Nadu ranks amongst the high-performing states in India in human development, with high levels of literacy, low fertility and mortality rates and good coverage by health care services. According to the 2001 Census the state had a population of 62.1 million. The literacy rate for the population aged seven years and above was 74 to 82% for males and 65% for females.

During 2005 and 2006, more than 60% of the women (or their partners) used contraception. From 2002 to 2005 almost all pregnant women (97%) were covered by antenatal services and 90% of women delivered in a health facility and received postnatal care within two days following delivery. Eighty-one per cent of all children between 12-23 months were fully immunised.

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