Updated on 14 May 2015
India has met only four of ten targets set for the country under the Millennium Development Goals
Singapore: According to the World Health Organization's annual health statistics report released in Geneva, India and many other Southeast Asian nations have fallen in short of acheiving UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The deadline for achieving the goals runs out this year said the agency.
While releasing the report, Mr Ties Boerma, Director, Health Statistics and Information System, World Health Organization, said that India's progress in achieving the goals has been slow and though the country has made considerable progress in reducing infant mortality, non-communicable diseases and ante-natal issues still continue to haunt the country's healthcare system.
The report further mentioned that measles immunization coverage among one-year-olds was 74 per cent in India in 2013 which is one of the lowest in the Southeast Asian region. India has seen only a 58 per cent reduction in under-five mortality rate between 1990 and 2013, again one of the lowest reductions in the region, ahead only of North Korea, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
There is a 21 per cent unmet need for family planning and only a 22 per cent reduction in proportion to population in access to improved sanitation in India between 1990 and 2012, as per MDG targets.
In its recent assessment, the WHO concluded that since 1990, child deaths have almost halved - falling from an estimated 90 deaths per 1000 live births to 46 deaths per 1000 live births in 2013.