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Exploring Demographic and Socio-economic Factors Influencing the Utilization of ICDS Service
Authors: Saswata Ghosh and Bidhan Kanti Das
Source: Asia-Pacific Population Journal, Vol. 26, No. 1, March 2011, pp. 11-38
Topic(s): Child health
Immunization
Country: Asia
  India
Published: MAR 2011
Abstract: This paper investigates the demographic and socio-economic correlates of utilization of integrated child development services (ICDS) among children. Using data from the National Family Health Survey-3 (2005- 2006), an attempt has been made to find out differences in the level of utilization according to social class and household economic conditions. This paper found that the utilization was far from satisfactory cutting across social class, household economic status and other attributes. The article presents findings that could help evolve new strategies to improve the utilization of ICDS services, and potentially reduce persistent undernutrition in India.