Indian Public Health Standards & Right to Health: A Case Study of Ziro District Hospital

“For a middle-income country of its stature and level of development, the rate of maternal deaths in India is shocking, raising multiple human rights issues” ..Paul Hunt, Special Rapporteur, Mission to India

One of India’s most remote States, Arunachal Pradesh is also one of the country’s most sparsely populated States. The district of Lower Subansiri is comparatively close to the State capital Itanagar. In spite of its relative vicinity to Itanagar, Lower Subansiri is one of the worst performing district in terms of maternal and child healthcare performance. In India, inequalities in the availability of health care due to socio-economic status, geography and gender persist. Although public health problems are prevalent and worrisome nationwide, their intensity and frequency is often significantly higher for certain groups of people in this country. The respect, protection, and fulfillment of the human right to health in India is thus limited towards some people and thereby exclusive towards others The team from HRLN conducted a fact finding in the district of Lower Subansiri. This fact finding report researched people’s enjoyment of the right to health within a geographically, thematically and institutionally challenging context:
  • Geographical focus: Lower Subansiri District, ARP
  • Thematic focus: maternal and child health
  • Institutional focus: Ziro District Hospital (public healthcare facilities)