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India's child mortality rate was world's highest in 2015: Study

IANS  |  New York 

At 47.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, in 2015 had more deaths among children under five than any other country, new research has found.

This is despite the great progress the country has made in reducing child mortality. During 2000-2015, the annual mortality among children under five came down from 2.5 million in 2000 to 1.2 million in 2015, said the study published in the journal Lancet Global Health.

The country had, however, large disparities in the under five mortality rate between richer and poorer states.

The highest mortality rate, in Assam, a state in northeastern India, was more than seven times that in the western state of

Although most under five deaths were due to preterm complications, featured prominently as causes of death in higher-mortality states.

"can accelerate its reduction of under five mortality rates by scaling up vaccine coverage and improving childbirth and neonatal care, especially in states where mortality rates remain high," said Li Liu, at School of Public Health in the US.

For the study, the researchers analysed state-level Indian data on the causes of death among children under five for the years 2000-2015.

In 2017, India's under-five mortality rate matched the global average (39 deaths per 1,000 live births), according to a report released on September 18, 2018, by the Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 20:56 IST
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