Healthy Places/ Healthy People
American Sentinel University
India is the seventh largest country in the world. It covers 3,287,263 square kilometers and is also the second most populous country with 1.27 billion people. Even with the fasting growing economy in the world, India faces numerous challenges of poverty, malnutrition, poor health care, corruption and terrorism (Countries and Their Cultures, 2011). As we explore this widely diverse country and delve into the equity of life from the beginning and the access of healthcare in this country, we hope to achieve and learn more as healthcare professionals.
2.0 Healthy Places/ Healthy People
India has a universal health care system run by the government. This primary duties of this program is aimed at raising the level of nutrition and the standard of living of its people and the improvement of public health. In India, the private health sector is more popular than the public health sector (UNICEF, 2011)
2.1 Environmental: clean water, electricity, sewage, communications infrastructure
88% of the Indian population has access to clean drinking water in urban areas. 84% have access in rural areas. But there are still many villages in India where people have to walk miles of barren land for drinking water. The 2011 statistics shows that 34% of the rural population in India had no access to electricity. Over 6% lacked power in the urban areas as well. The power supply in India is intermittent and unreliable. In India, about 626 million people practice open defecation. 54% of the urban population and only 18% of the rural population has access to sanitation facilities. India has a total of 929.37 million mobile subscribers. India is the third largest user of internet services but the penetration of these services is limited. 40% of internet users rely on their mobile phones (India Central Statistical Agency, 2011).
2.2 Nutritional status/ hunger index
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India Central Statistical Agency. (2011). Retrieved from www.csa.gov.et/docs/Agriculture%20in%20figures.pdf..
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