Title: Measuring the status and identifying the factors influencing child immunisation in Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India

Authors: Maumita Ghosh; Shrabanti Maity

Addresses: Department of Economics, Southfield College, Darjeeling, WB, India ' Assam University, Silchar, Assam, India

Abstract: Children are considered as the future of a nation. But it is found that a significant section of the nations' population as well as children today are deprived of the fruits of development and been kept away from the basic amenities of life - health, education, sanitation, nutrition and so on. This paper tried to identify the most vulnerable groups for immunisation coverage, to find mother's composite health index and finally to identify the factors influencing the vaccination status of the child. Mothers' composite health index has been constructed by using the multiple correspondence analysis (MCA). It has been found from the study that there is lack of access to health services both for the child and for the mother. Also, we found low rates of participation in vaccination coverage among poor households, minorities and people living in rural and remote areas.

Keywords: child immunisation; multiple correspondence analysis; MCA; mother's composite health index; logistic regression.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICBM.2017.085385

International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 2017 Vol.15 No.1, pp.1 - 22

Received: 11 Nov 2015
Accepted: 10 Jul 2016

Published online: 18 Jul 2017 *

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