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India makes strides in some, but not all, health goals, finds WHO

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3125 (Published 08 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3125
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

India has successfully met targets to reduce the spread of HIV and improve the availability of drinking water but has a long way to go in improving sanitation facilities and providing universal access to reproductive healthcare, the latest World Health Statistics report has found.

Findings showed that although the proportion of Indians using improved sources of drinking water rose from 70% in 1990 to 93% in 2012, the proportion of the population using improved sanitation facilities rose from 18% to only 36% over the same period.1

India made progress in controlling HIV and tuberculosis. Prevalence of HIV/AIDS fell from 222 per 100 000 in 2001 to 166 per 100 000 in 2013. However, only 36% of those …

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