Intensified Mission Indradanush among global success stories in focus

"In child health also, our achievements have been strong. The under-five mortality rate in India has fallen significantly from 126 per 1000 live births in 1990 to 39 per 1000 live births in 2016"

New Delhi: India's Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI), which aims to ensure full immunisation of children up to two years of age and pregnant women, will be among the 12 success stories from around the world to be highlighted at a prestigious global meet on infant and maternal health.

The meet -- Partners' Forum -- will be held in New Delhi, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the two-day event on December 12. It will be attended by several heads of state and ministers. 

Union Health Minister J P Nadda said, "India's success story on Mission Indradhanush, along with 11 success stories of other countries, will be showcased during the conference. 

These 12 stories, including Mission Indradhanush, will also be featured in the Partners' Forum special issue of the British Medical Journal next month." 

Germany and Chile will make presentations and showcase their learnings on 'Early Childhood Development'; USA and Indonesia on 'Adolescent Health and Well Being';India and Cambodia on 'Quality, Equity and Dignity'; Malawi and Malaysia on ' Sexual and Reproductive health'; South Africa and Guatemala will showcase their learnings on 'Empowerment of Women, Girls and Communities'; and, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan on 'In Humanitarian and Fragile Settings'. 

Asserting that India's efforts in maternal and child care have been strong and focused, Nadda said maternal mortality rate (MMR) has fallen from 556 per lakh live births in 1990 to 130 per lakh live births in 2014-16. 

"Our progress can be gauged from the 77 per cent decline in MMR that India achieved during the 1990-2015, compared to global decline of 44 per cent during this period. "In child health also, our achievements have been strong. 

The under-five mortality rate (U5MR) in India has fallen significantly from 126 per 1000 live births in 1990 to 39 per 1000 live births in 2016," he said. 
Around 600 of the 1,200 participants at the eventwould be from foreign nations, Nadda said. 

On the occasion, PM Modi will release a national compendium of 36 interventions and practices that have been implemented across the country. 


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