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Why is South Asia performing so badly on the SDGs? -CP Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

stantive goals, each containing multiple targets, and each target relying often on more than one indicator. And these goals and targets are not simply extrapolations of past trends (as several of the MDGs were). Rather, some of them present formidable challenges, since they require a reversal of the prior trends, such as reducing inequalities, or creating sustainable patterns of consumption and production and acting against climate change. Also, it

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India registers 22% reduction in maternal mortality ratio since 2013: report -Neetu Chandra Sharma

mong the southern states, the decline has been from 93 to 77 and in the other states from 115 to 93. “The latest SRS figures reveal that we have gone beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target of Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) of 139 by 2015 and have reached 130. I congratulate the Ministry and the States for their joint efforts,”J.P. Nadda, union minister of health and family welfare said. According to the SRS Bulletin, t

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First-of-its-kind policy initiative on nutrition and diet launched in Delhi -Shreeshan Venkatesh

ia is about 11 per cent annually. While the report points out that there has been significant progress in South Asia to tackle undernutrition through impetus from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and governmental initiatives, ending hunger remains a tough challenge. Under the ‘business as usual’ scenario, South Asia is projected to have 188 million calorie-deficient people in 2030. Double burden of undernutrition and obesity

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Health Data Should Leave No Indian Behind -Oommen C Kurian The shift from the MDGs to sustainable development goals is also a shift from tracking aggregates to tracking more disaggregated indicators, and India urgently needs a strategy to overcome data limitations. India may be one of the very few countries where key central ministries disagree on whether crucial Millennium Development Goals (MDG) will be achieved or not. MDG 5, whose target was reduction of maternal mortality ratio (MMR)

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Neglecting Health Expenditure in Favour of the Chimera of Insurance -Dipa Sinha

or over two decades, improvements in health indicators in India have not kept pace. By 2015, India was able to meet only four out of the ten health targets set under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for that year. India continues to be the largest contributor globally to infant deaths as well as malnutrition. The country faces a double burden of undernutrition as well as obesity/overweight on the one hand, and the continued prevalence of commun

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Evidence lacking for India's MDG accomplishment on hunger

cted in 2005-06) had provided information for the indicator 'proportion of underweight children below 3 years' (and also for children below 5 years).   As per the India Country Report 2015 on MDGs (released by MoSPI), the previous rounds of National Family Health Survey shows that the 'proportion of underweight children below 3 years' has declined by 3 percentage points during 1998-99 to 2005-06, from about 43 percent to about 40 percent. Base

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Battle with many corners -Bibek Debroy

FHS for all states (NFHS-3) is still for 2005-06. In February 2015, the ministry of statistics and programme implementation (MoSPI) published a country report on India’s progress towards the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals), the precursor to the SDGs. This said, “It is estimated that in 1990, the proportion of underweight children below three years was 52 per cent. In order to meet the target (MDG), the proportion of under-weight chi

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Maternal mortality on a decline, but challenges remain -Vani Manocha

o an estimated 303,000 this year. This equates to an estimated global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of 216 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, down from 385 in 1990.  “The MDGs triggered unprecedented efforts to reduce maternal mortality,” said Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General, Family, Women’s and Children’s Health. “Over the past 25 years, a woman’s risk of dying from pregnancy-r

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Analysis: India’s Challenge on the SDGs -N Chandra Mohan

als on diverse development dimensions including poverty alleviation, gender equality, health and environmental sustainability. The buzz in the development community is that as the relative success of MDGs is a result of China’s super-rapid growth, the relative success of the SDGs will be because of India. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, for its part, appears confident in meeting these development goals. Prime Minist

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Inclusive Media – UNDP Fellowships 2015

red as final. The projects should be about happenings/ positive interventions/ alternatives and success stories on issues of livelihoods, agrarian crises, hunger/ malnutrition, public health, and the MDGs or improved understanding about them. An ideal candidate will have genuine interest in rural development/ issues of the marginalized people and will be willing to spend time in rural areas for field work. The fellows will be given a chance to refine

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