WHO congratulates India for significantly reducing child deaths

By / 1 year ago / News Update / 6 Comments
WHO congratulates India for significantly reducing child deaths

By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia

WHO commends India for its concerted efforts to reduce child deaths, which have resulted in under-five mortality estimates to have fallen below the one million mark.

As outlined in a report released by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, India’s share of global child deaths has been reduced from 22% in 2012 to 18% in 2017 ­– a rate that outpaces the global decline.

India’s remarkable achievement was made possible via a series of initiatives the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has taken in recent years, including to vaccinate each and every child with life-saving vaccines under Mission Indradhanush and to expand the reach of diarrhea and pneumonia management across the country, with a focus on vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations.

Given recent reductions, the global percentage of under-five deaths that occur in India is commensurate with the percentage of global births the country accounts for (18%), and represents a dramatic breakthrough for India, the WHO South-East Asia Region and the world.

Notably, India’s gender gap in child survival is now almost four times less than what it was five years ago, reflecting substantial advances in gender equity that the country can continue to build on, precisely as it has built on its successes in a range of other areas.

As India’s progress continues – including by concentrating on reducing neonatal deaths, which now account for 62% of under-five deaths – there is immense potential to go beyond ensuring children simply survive but can also thrive and enjoy their right to the highest attainable standard of health and wellbeing.

As outlined in the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, among other priorities that means ensuring access to adequate nutrition and early childhood development services, at the same time as continuing to increase vaccination coverage for all. Ending preventable newborn and child deaths has been one of the WHO South-East Asia Region’s Flagship Priorities since 2014.

WHO is committed to supporting India and the Region consolidate the significant gains made in recent years, to accelerate further progress, and to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.

admin

admin

The author didn't add any Information to his profile yet.

6 Comments

  • ps4 games06. Dec, 2019

    I was curious if you ever thought of changing the layout of
    your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way
    of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or
    two pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

  • ps4 games05. Dec, 2019

    Why people still make use of to read news papers when in this technological world everything
    is existing on net?

  • quest bars cheap coupon twitter03. Dec, 2019

    It’s really a nice and helpful piece of info.
    I’m glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like
    this. Thanks for sharing.

  • quest bars cheap01. Dec, 2019

    Hey there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing
    many months of hard work due to no backup. Do you have any methods
    to stop hackers?

  • plenty of fish dating site26. Nov, 2019

    Every weekend i used to pay a visit this web page, for the reason that i wish for enjoyment, as this this web page conations
    actually nice funny data too.

  • http://tinyurl.com/quest-bars-cheap-8549724. Nov, 2019

    Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert
    that I acquire actually enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked. *