Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health ( SWASTH )

Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST)
Government of Bihar initiative supported by Department for International Development, UK


Araria – District fact sheet

Located in noth-east Bihar, Araria is an important district as it shares its border with Nepal. A predominantly agricultural region, people here grow paddy, wheat, maize and sugarcane. Araria is home to the Gangetic river dolphin, listed as an endangered species by the IUCN. The district is emerging as a key source for power supply, as a new hydroelectricity plant is expected to generate 28 MU electricity annually.


The fact sheets profile those eleven districts of Bihar where BTAST has been working since 2010. In addition to key demographic details, it takes into account health, nutrition and WASH indicators of each district. Data has been sourced from Census 2011, the Annual Health Survey and other secondary sources. We will be producing a new set of district factsheets based on CCM data and present these profiles one by one.