Orphan Children

As the population of orphan children is growing in epidemic proportions, there is an enormous, immediate need to give the necessary care for these Orphans so that they have a fruitful life and bright future .( Prov 14 : 31 ). Children who miss opportunities for improving themselves today will be a big burden to society and of no use to themselves in future . The problem calls for every compassionate heart to give a helping hand .

India has 375 million children, more than any other country in the world. Their condition has improved in the last five decades, with child survival rates up, school dropout rates down, and several policy commitments made by the government at the national and international levels. Resource allocations by the State, however, remain quite inadequate to take care of the survival and healthcare needs of infants and children, their education, development and protection.

 

SURVIVAL AND HEALTH CARE

Article 24 of the Convention of the rights of the child requires the State partied to recognise the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. It further directs the State Partied to strive to ensure that no child is deprived of his or her right to access to health care services. The convention also lays stress on development of primary health care, combating disease and malnutrition, appropriate pre-natal and post-natal care for mothers, and development of preventive health care.

Over the years, there has been some improvement in the health status of children in India. This is reflected in reduced mortality rates. Nevertheless, two million infants die each year, almost the same number as in 1960.
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