May it be about eradicating a disease or working for the welfare of humans, India has played a significant part at WHO. Appreciating India’s contribution in reducing the infant mortality rates, WHO stated that India has made it possible through a series of initiatives like vaccination programmes.
A unique body set up by UN for determining child mortality rate, i.e. UNIGME (. United nations inter agency group for child mortality estimation) has stated in its report that under-five mortality count in India has significantly reduced. The child mortality rate in 2017 was recorded to be 9,89,000 whereas the same was 1.08 million in 2016. The regional director herself declared the data as presented in a report by UNIGME that India’s contribution to child mortality has fallen from 22 per cent in 2012 to 18 per cent in previous year.
Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the director of WHO at southeast Asia said that, “India’s remarkable achievement was made possible via a series of initiatives the health ministry has taken in recent years, including to vaccinate each and every child with life-saving vaccines under Mission Indradhanush and to expand the reach of diarrhea and pneumonia management across the country, with a focus on vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations.” The union health minister, Mr. JP Nadda also felicitated his team on Twitter for this statement made by WHO. He also thanked prime minister Narendra Modi for his leadership in the field of vaccination and institutional deliveries.
As Poonam Singh said, the global percentage of under-five deaths that occur in India is almost equal to the percentage of global births the country accounts for (18 per cent), and represents a “dramatic breakthrough” for India. Also, the gender gap in child survival is one fourth to the gender gap observed five years ago, which shows that India has advanced in the field of gender equality as well. It has been the priority for WHO to provide childhood developmental services, increase vaccination, and avail proper nutrition to children and preventing deaths of newborns and children.
As Poonam Singh rightly said, “WHO is committed to supporting India and the region consolidate the significant gains made in recent years, to accelerate further progress, and to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” India has been showing active participation in all such initiatives and programs, for working towards developing a better society.