Indian government pledges new resources to improve child survival

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 13 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1003
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. 1New Delhi

India’s health ministry has announced plans to improve the health of adolescents and also to evaluate progress of states and districts on child survival under a fresh package of initiatives to reduce mortality among children under 5 years old.

The announcement, made at a summit on child survival held on 7 to 9 February in the town of Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, has been hailed by international, non-governmental, and donor agencies.

But some paediatricians and public health experts have warned that future gains in child survival are likely to hinge on how India resolves certain lingering, contentious problems such as neonatal deaths and severe acute malnutrition.

At the summit the health ministry released documents that it said described “operational guidelines” to integrate adolescent health services with reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health activities. The ministry …

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