P. K. Michael Tharakan. 2018. “A Note on Sree Narayana Guru’s Teachings and Health in Rural Kerala“, Review of Agrarian Studies, 8 (1), advance access online.
From the introduction: There are several studies on the influence of the teachings and advice of Narayana Guru on different aspects of social structure and social practices in Kerala.
This note discusses the impact of the advice given by Sree Narayana Guru on child and infant mortality, particularly in coastal and other low-lying villages of the State.
Prevailing child and infant mortality rates in Kerala are impressive, and have been pivotal in the State’s achievements in the health sector.
Kerala has not only achieved but gone beyond the target set in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals with respect to the reduction of child mortality.