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India sees progress in child health but rising obesity, shows health survey

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i439 (Published 01 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i439
  1. Sophie Cousins
  1. 1Kathmandu

Some states in India have made great strides in improving maternal and child health over the past decade, the fourth National Family Health Survey has found.

The findings of the first phase of the survey for 2015-16, which covered 13 states and two union territories, also showed vast improvements in immunisation coverage and some improvement in nutrition among children.1

The survey found that states including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, and West Bengal had infant mortality rates of fewer than 51 deaths per 1000 live births. This is an improvement compared with the last survey in …

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