17 February, 2020
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Syllabus subtopic: Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
Prelims and Mains focus: about the NHM: aim and significance; about neonatal deaths in India and its causes
News: Madhya Pradesh has recorded the highest percentage of newborn deaths of 11.5% against the total admissions to government-run sick newborn care units (SNCUs) in the past three years across the country, a rate ominously spiralling since 2017, according to the National Health Mission (NHM). The country’s average is 7%.
Factors responsible for the spike in the percentage of deaths
Neonatal deaths in India
About National Health Mission
The National Health Mission (NHM) was designed with the aim of providing accessible, affordable, effective and reliable healthcare facilities in the rural and urban areas of the country, especially to the poor and vulnerable sections of the population.
NHM envisages a bottom-up, decentralized and community owned approach to public health planning.
Source: The Hindu
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