Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) in a Globalising India: Ethics, Medicalisation and Agency

Unnithan, Maya (2010) Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) in a Globalising India: Ethics, Medicalisation and Agency. Asian Bioethics Review, 2 (1). pp. 3-18. ISSN 1173-2571

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Abstract

Infertility is not an issue which has received serious attention in India until recently, either as a public health issue or as a matter of community concern. Characterised as a high fertility country, Indian population and health policy and programmes have predominantly focussed on fertility control and contraception. This is despite the fact that a high percentage of women in particular suffer from untreated reproductive tract and sexually transmitted infections which underlie conditions of secondary sterility. Over 13-15 million couples (or 10-15 % of the population) were estimated as being infertile in India in 2005 (ICMR National Guidelines, 2005), and approximately 98% of the women suffer from secondary sterility (Qadeer 2009, Oomen 2001). In Rajasthan in north-western India, poor reproductive health conditions are compounded by the poor quality of healthcare provision as well as poverty, malnutrition and poor availability of water.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online Journal available from: http://www.asianbioethicsreview.com/ojs/index.php?journal=abr_sbc1&page=issue&op=archive
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Depositing User: Maya Unnithan
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:10
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 14:04
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10694
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