Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor Khan who is a UNICEF celebrity advocate since 2013, might visit Assam to create awareness on maternal and infant health issues.
UNICEF India wants the actor to create awareness on the issue in Assam like superstar Amitabh Bachchan was roped in to create awareness on polio eradication from India, the Telegraph reports.
Assam has a high instance of infant mortality rate (IMR) and maternal mortality ratio (MMR), accounted to be among the highest in India.
Actor Kareena Kapoor Khan has worked with UNICEF India on various issues like menstrual hygiene for young adolescent girls and maternal health.
She has interacted with children, adolescents, young mothers, frontline workers and community members in around five states.
A recent National Family Health Survey-4 report found Assam with an IMR at 48 per 1,000 live births. IMR is defined as the probability of dying between birth and exactly one year of age expressed per 1,000 live births.
MMR in Assam is 300 against the national average of 167. MMR is defined as the ratio of number of maternal deaths during a given time period per 100,000 live births during the same period.
Kareena raised concerns on the wide gender gap in India at recent Mother’s Day event by UNICEF India in the national capital.