Study Finds Drop in Indian Infant Mortality By Vivek Kesaree

19 Mar

A report by the Indian government in early 2012 found that the rate of infant mortality throughout India continued to drop in 2011. According to Registrar General of India, overall infant mortality dropped to 47 deaths per 1000 live births.

According to the report, there remains a discrepancy between urban and rural areas. Infant mortality rates in rural India stood at 51 deaths per 1000 live births, a drop of four points from the previous study. The rate in urban areas also dropped, to 31 deaths per 1000 live births, a reduction of three points.

Some states reported significantly lower infant mortality rates as compared to the country as a whole. For example, the State of Goa registered just 10 deaths per live 1000 live births. The highest rate was reported in Madhya Pradesh, with 62 deaths per 1000 live births.

Although India continues to make strides in this area, the nation still lags many other countries. According to the United Nations Populations Division, India ranked 150th out of 194 nations.

About Vivek Kesaree: A Global Account Manager with Meraki Networks, Vivek Kesaree and his family have contributed significant funds to Bapuji Hospital in Davengere, India, including a pre-natal care program that promotes healthy pregnancies for women from rural villages.

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