Status of Reproductive Health: A Study on Santhal Women in Lakhimpur District, Assam
Health is a complete state of physical, social, mental wellbeing and not merely the absence of any disease or infirmity. Woman Reproductive health has gain greater recognition from the health practitioner and academician since 1970. In the mid of 1970, sociologists took interest in human reproduction. They began to question medical orthodoxy and with its existence and operation of health services and the role of medical profession within them. Some feminist group and sociologist felt that doctors were making the natural, normal physiological process or reproduction- conception, contraception, pregnancy and child birth in to medical events to be actively managed and controlled by medical experts who were alienating women in the process. The women reproductive health is a very sensitive issue in our society. Women workers from tea industry are one of the most vulnerable groups. They are engaged in tea industry at a very negligible amount of earning from time immemorial. Due to their low income, they are unable to get proper meal and hence they faced more anemia than the other people. As Assam records highest in India and around 69% comes from tea garden labouers. Though the special progrrames and schemes are introduced by the government in various time to mitigate this problem, those benefits are yet to be availed by deserving people. The santhal women are still not financially strong to take care of their nutritious food. Most of the santhal women are still deprived of the minimum health care facilities due to unavailability of health care services in their locality. This paper is an attempt to study the reproductive health among the Santal women in Lakhimpur District.