The health of India’s children has long been a key concern for the world’s second-largest economy, but the country is struggling to improve its performance in key areas.
Here are the top 10 challenges facing the country.
Lack of quality education 2.
High infant mortality rate 3.
Poor health outcomes in rural areas 4.
Poor child nutrition 5.
Poor mental health 6.
Poor nutrition in children 7.
Poor access to quality and affordable healthcare 8.
Poor infant and child health and nutrition 9.
Poverty in the rural population 10.
Poverty of the poorThe number of children under the age of five in India has reached its highest level in more than a decade, according to data released by the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).
The latest figures also show that the country’s infant mortality rates have more than doubled in the last decade.
The country has also recorded a higher rate of infant deaths than any other country in the world, with about one in 10 babies dying in India.
Experts believe the country has an underdeveloped health system, and that the main cause is a lack of adequate and affordable education.
The country has a poor quality of health care, with more than 60% of India residents suffering from chronic illnesses and disabilities.
Inadequate and under-resourced medical facilities and clinics in many parts of the country have also led to a high mortality rate in children.
The government, in a report released in April this year, said the country had an infant mortality of 1.7 per 1,000 live births, with a mortality rate of over 50 per 1 of 1 children under five.
The report noted that infant deaths are among the worst in the region, with rates as high as 8 per 1 million live births.
“We are witnessing a dramatic deterioration of the health of children and a deterioration of child nutrition and nutrition among children,” the report said.
Experts say that India’s healthcare system has been severely underfunded in recent years, with only a quarter of the population receiving free healthcare.
According to a 2015 report by the National Center for Research on Women, the government has only allocated about 25% of its healthcare funding to the poor and underprivileged groups, and almost 40% of it to the middle and upper-middle class.
Experts also say that the lack of investment in public health infrastructure has left a huge burden on the country, as hospitals are in disrepair and many rural hospitals are unable to cope with the growing numbers of patients.
India has an infant and infant mortality (IMR) rate of 1 in 10.
In comparison, the US has an IMR rate of 2.7, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).