Journal Article

Maternal health services utilisation: Has the rich-poor gap declined?

Various studies have noted that vast inequalities—economic and socio-demographic—exist in maternal, newborn, and child health outcomes and utilisation of care services in India. In this post, Sohini Paul explores how inequality in the use of these services changed in the 10 years following the launch of the National Rural Health Mission in 2005. While service utilisation by the poor increased and the rich-poor gap declined in this period, coverage remains low among the poor and inequality persists.