Himachal Pradesh is a hilly state in northern India and because of its physiography, it creates a barrier to health service diffusion and accessibility. Despite performing admirably, the state nevertheless has healthcare difficulties such as a lack of medical personnel and inadequate infrastructure. This article compares the state’s rural health infrastructure to those of other hilly states and attempts to understand the reasons for the region’s current healthcare issues.
While the government schemes and provisions to uplift the urban poor have been highly appreciated, especially during the pandemic, its infrequent and uneven benefits are testimony to the fact that there is much more that still needs to be done.
First in a series of six, this article presents an overview of progress made over the last decade, and places in perspective key insights from Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze, that continue to remain relevant in our time.