India's health levels a mix of success and embarrassment, says reportBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7345.1056/b (Published 04 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1056
- Sanjay Kumar
- New Delhi
A report on improvements in life expectancy and standards of health in India gives a mixed picture of the country's achievements in recent years.
“India's post-independence achievement in longevity and health of the population is a story of some successes and some embarrassments—perhaps in equal measures,” says the first ever National Human Development Report, released last week by the Planning Commission.
The human development index, comprising eight key indicators—including incidence of poverty, access to safe drinking water, and infant mortality—improved by 26% nationally during the 1980s and by another 24% in the 1990s, says the report. But at the state level “there are wide disparities in …