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India's mission to fight child mortality -Prof. Ramanan Laxminarayan and Dr Vinod Paul Earlier in the month of April 2015, our country accomplished a formidable feat. In the first round of Mission Indradhanush, an initiative launched by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, more than 50 lakh doses of vaccines were administered, free of cost, to nearly 20 lakh children and 6 lakh pregnant women. To put numbers into perspective, in a span of 7 days, more children were vaccinated in our country...

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MP registers highest infant mortality rate for 11th year in a row -Sravani Sarkar

-The Hindustan Times Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh is the worst place to be born in India - and it has been so for more than a decade. For 11th year in a row, the state has registered the highest infant mortality rate in the country, says the latest Sample Registration System report for 2013 released on Sunday by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. Infant mortality rate is the number of deaths...

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A new challenge: introducing injectable polio vaccine-N Gopal Raj

-The Hindu For India, which has successfully kept naturally-occurring ‘wild' polioviruses at bay for three whole years, a new challenge looms. India is among 140 countries that rely on the oral polio vaccine (OPV). These countries have now been asked to introduce an injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into their routine childhood immunisation programme by the end of next year. The oral vaccine, which is cheap and easily administered, uses live but weakened...

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Water For The Leeward India -Jean Dreze and Reetika Khera

-Outlook As subsidies for the poor continue to be under attack, a ground-up report from 10-states shows how well welfare schemes have worked over the last 10 years. Ahead of Elections 2014, rights-based welfare schemes are under attack. To those who argue ‘Dolenomics' doesn't work, a survey of five schemes in 10 states shows that the Rs 1,68,478 crore annually the nation spends is making a real and tangible difference on...

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Over 9 lakh newborns die annually in India: Study   Despite a significant increase in women and child healthcare in India, more than nine lakh children in the country still die every year before becoming one-month-old, says a new global report. The study, conducted by experts at the World Health Organisation, Save the Children and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is said to be the most comprehensive estimate to date, covering all 193 WHO member countries and...

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