Neonatal mortality almost halved in India between 1990 and 2012

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 22 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5772
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

Neonatal mortality in India fell substantially between 1990 and 2012, but vaccination coverage and stunting from poor nutrition improved only slightly, a new report has shown.

The report, from Unicef, said that between 1990 and 2012 neonatal mortality in India dropped from 51 to 31 deaths per 1000 live births. Moreover, 76% of births between 2007 and 2012 were attended by a skilled healthcare worker.1

Despite this improvement in overall neonatal mortality sex selection is still practised, particularly in northwest and west India. …

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