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Global Burden of Disease Study: India at 154, lags behind Bangladesh

India also lags behind Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Illustration by Ajay Mohanty

India fairs poorly on a healthcare index. Illustration by Ajay Mohanty

India has a lot of catching up to do with its neighbours, including China, Bangladesh, Bhutan and in terms of care.

According to the (GBD) published in the medical journal The Lancet, it has finished a dismal 154th among 195 countries on the healthcare index.

However, India's healthcare access and quality (HAQ) index has increased by 14.1, up from 30.7 in 1990 to 44.8 in 2015.

India lags behind (72.8), (51.7), Bhutan (52.7) and (50.8) and ranks above (43.1) and (32.5).

The HAQ index, based on death rates for 32 diseases that can be avoided or effectively treated with proper medical care, also tracked progress in each nation compared to the benchmark year of 1990.

As per the study, India has performed poorly in tackling cases of tuberculosis, diabetes, chronic kidney diseases and rheumatic heart diseases.

The journal lists India among the biggest underachievers in in care access.

Switzerland topped the index, followed by Sweden and Norway. stood 82nd and 73rd.

Among the developed nations, those who did not perform well include the US and the UK.

First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 04:40 IST