Healthcare Experts Welcome Decline In India's Child Mortality Rate

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According to a new UN report, the infant mortality rate (deaths per 1,000 live births) in the country has declined from 89 in 1990 to 28 in 2019
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Children face a great risk of death in the first 28 days of life: Expert Under-5 deaths in India dropped from 34 lakh in 1990 to 8.2 lakh in 2019:UN

Under-5 deaths in India dropped from 34 lakh in 1990 to 8.2 lakh in 2019:UN Malnutrition in children is a known risk factor for many diseases: Expert

New Delhi: Welcoming the decline in India's child mortality rate between 1990 and 2019, healthcare experts have advised that the number can be further brought down by providing quality essential health and nutrition services to every newborn. India's child mortality rate has declined substantially between 1990 and 2019, according to a new UN report. The country registered a 4.5 per cent annual rate of reduction in under-five mortality between 1990-2019. The number of under-five deaths in India dropped from 3.4 million in 1990 to 8,24,000 in 2019.

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The infant mortality rate (deaths per 1,000 live births) in India declined from 89 in 1990 to 28 last year, with the country registering 6,79,000 infant deaths last year, a significant decline from 2.4 million infant deaths in 1990. The country also witnessed a decrease in neonatal mortality rate between 1990 and 2019 from 57 to 22 – 1.5 million neonatal deaths in 1990 to 5,22,000 deaths in 2019. Healthcare experts have welcomed the drop, attributing it to political will and commitment and evidence based policy and programming decisions prioritising newborn and child health.

Sujeet Ranjan, executive director at Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security (CFNS) said although the global number of newborn deaths declined from 5 million in 1990 to 2.4 million in 2019, children face the greatest risk of death in the first 28 days of life.

Protecting the progress made on nutrition in India will, therefore, require continued leadership, attention,…
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