Infant mortality fell by a third in India from 2003 to 2012

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 28 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6489
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

India has seen a 30% decline in infant mortality since 2003. The rate fell from 60 deaths per 1000 live births in 2003 to 42 in 2012, show statistics from the government’s Sample Registration System.1

The data also indicate that the infant death rate has halved in the state of Tamil Nadu, from 43 per 1000 live births in 2003 to 21 in 2012. In the same period the decline in the infant death …

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