India has a population of 1.21 billion. Children below the age of 18 years account for 38.24% of India’s population.
Lack of healthcare during the first two years of a child's life can contribute to a lifetime of ill health. Timely polio drops, immunisation and monitored development, are crucial to preventing malnourishment.
The situation is extremely urgent because effects of lack of proper healthcare are irreversible if they occur at a young age. If not death, it leads to permanent disabilities that render them ill for the rest of their lives. Loss of thinking abilities, under-developed motor skills, speech and physical growth, lack of concentration, social inhibitions, and inability to interact with other children could be some of the major set-backs that a child could face in his growing years due to the lack of healthcare.
What we need most today is to restore to children their basic rights to proper healthcare and create a society where children can live a happy, healthy childhood.