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Diarrhoea, pneumonia deaths: India missing 2030 target?

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NEW DELHI : India ranks high on the global list of deaths due to diarrhoea and pneumonia and is not on track to reduce the mortality rates of newborns and meet the targets set under the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, says Dr Arti Garg, Assistant Commissioner-Child Health in Union Health Ministry.

Speaking at a national dissemination conference organized by the Save The Children NGO in New Delhi, Dr Garg said, “India needs huge efforts to achieve the goals for 2030.”

Dr Garg stated, “In India diarrhea alone is responsible for 9% Under-5 deaths. Out of the 4.8-lakh deaths globally, around 1-lakh deaths occur in India.”

“Co-packaging ORS and Zinc in the treatment package has given a significant boost to reducing diarrheal deaths in many areas,” the Child Health Commissioner claimed.

Dr. Raj Bhandari, Member, NITI Aayog (Nutrition and Health), said, “We are in the middle of a perfect storm, because this is such a transformative change and we are ready to have a very informed view as to how our programmes need to be more doable.”

Save the Children, which is also celebrating its centenary year globally this year, shared a baseline study during the conference and showcased the outcome, outputs and milestones of the Stop Diarrhea Initiative.


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