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UNDP report lauds India's strides in reducing poverty in past decade

New Delhi: In the decade between 2005-06 and 2015-16, India has halved its Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) — an index that looks beyond income poverty to take into account deprivations in Health, education, and living standards — 54.7 per cent to 27.5 per cent. According to MPI 2018 released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, there are 271 million fewer poor peo

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First time, under-five mortality rate same as global average -Abantika Ghosh

11 per cent higher than boys. This is in line with government data which show that in sick newborn care units across the country, there is a 60:40 ratio of boys and girls admitted. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also flagged this issue to states but it has not borne results. This year’s Economic Survey estimated that 21 million Indian girls are unwanted — parents wanted a boy but had a girl instead. Following initiativ

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A child under 15 dies every 5 seconds around the world: UN -Bindu Shajan Perappadan

ort An estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable causes, according to the new mortality estimates released by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Division and the World Bank Group on Tuesday. The report notes that for children everywhere, the most risky period of life is the first month. In 2017, 2.5 million newborns died in their first

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The power of Kudumbashree -Brinda Karat

nder-sensitive spirit Kumari died on September 1. She had contracted leptospirosis while doing relief work in Kerala after the floods, away from her own home which had not been affected. She was a Health volunteer and prominent member of the Kudumbashree Mission in her panchayat in Ernakulum district. Kumari’s work and life symbolises the spirit of Kerala reflected in the inspirational way in which the people of the State have faced the worst

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As India Stares at Glaring Inequality, a One-Spot Jump in HDI is no Cause for Celebration -Sumedha Pal

erious cause for concern. The HDI is the composite measure of every country’s attainment in three basic dimensions: standard of living measured by the gross national income (GNI) per capita, Health measured by the life expectancy at birth, and education levels calculated by mean years of education among the adult population and the expected years of schooling for children. The report, Human Development for Everyone, was released on Friday

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Four of 10 women who commit suicide in world are from India, most are under 40: Study -Anuradha Mascarenhas

ong the findings of a paper, “Gender differentials and state variations in suicide deaths in India: the Global Burden of Disease Study 1990-2016,” published Wednesday in The Lancet Public Health. The study found that India’s contribution to global suicide deaths increased from 25.3 per cent in 1990 to 36.6 per cent in 2016 among women, but at the same time, the age-standardised suicide death rate (SDR) among women in India reduced

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People's consultation on budget urges higher spending on education & Health

one’ which is the amount reflecting the loss to the government on account of tax cuts offered to the Corporate, is huge. This amount can be used to finance essential services like Education and Health, which should be free to people. In the coming months, PBI will campaign to advocate for progressive changes in policies and budgets that address inequalities faced by disadvantaged sections of population. Subrat Das, Co-Convenor PBI  

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Mother, 2 Children Die Allegedly Of Hunger As UP Marks "Nutrition Month" -Alok Pandey

nd youngest child - two-month-old geeta, died five days later, on Tuesday. She was being fed formula milk by women in the village. Reports say social workers had requested village level government Health workers to take the baby to a nutrition centre - but no one reacted. The baby was finally admitted to the district hospital on Monday. In a tragic irony, the deaths have taken place as the Uttar Pradesh government marks "national nutrition

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Women suicide rate alarm -GS Mudur

earlier findings that suicide is the top cause of death among Indians aged between 15 and 39 years. "Young adults are taking their own lives in alarmingly high numbers, constituting a public Health crisis," lead researcher Rakhi Dandona, at the Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, and her colleagues wrote in a paper describing their findings published in The Lancet, a medical journal.

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Centre bans 328 combination drugs in setback for pharma companies

oth small and large pharma companies. New Delhi: The Indian government has banned 328 combination drugs in a blow to both domestic and foreign pharmaceutical firms, but the ban has been cheered by Health activists worried about growing antibiotic resistance due to the misuse of medicines. The Indian government had in 2016 banned about 350 such drugs, referred to as fixed-dose combinations (FDCs), but the industry mounted various legal challenges

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