Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals set by the United
Nations which member countries, including India, have agreed to achieve
by the year 2015. MDGs directly pertaining to Health Sector and the
progress made by India is as under:
Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality: Target is to reduce Under Five Mortality
Rate (U5MR) by two thirds between 1990 & 2015. In case of India, it
translates into a goal of reducing U5MR to less than 39 per 1000 live
births by 2015. As per the WHO/UNICEF report “countdown to 2015 on
maternal, newborn & child survival”, India has made insufficient
progress with respect to U5MR. However, as per the latest available
estimates from the office of Registrar General of India (RGI), the U5MR
was 59 per 1000 live births in 2010. Assuming an average decline of 7.8%
per year observed during 2009 - 2010, India’s U5MR will be 39 by 2015 as
required under MDG-4.
Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health: Reduce Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR)
by three quarters between 1990 & 2015. As per the estimates of MMR
released by the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank, India requires to
reduce MMR from 600 in 1990 to 150 per 100,000 live births in 2015. As
per the report “countdown to 2015 on maternal, newborn & child
survival”, India is “making progress” to achieve MDG-5.
Further, as per the latest estimates released by the office of RGI, the
MMR in India stands at 212 per 100,000 live births during 2007-2009.
Assuming that the 5.5% rate of annual decline observed during 2004-06
and 2007-09 will continue, India’s MMR is likely to reduce to 143 per
100,000 live births in 2015, achieving the MDG target.
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. Target is to halt
by 2015 and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and the incidence of
malaria and other major diseases.
The progress made so far in this regard is as under:
· In case of HIV/AIDS, new annual HIV infections have declined by about
58 % from 2.74 lakhs in 2000 to 1.16 lakhs in 2011.
· In case of malaria, Annual Parasitic Incidence has been brought down
from 2.57 cases per 1000 population in 1990 to 1.10 cases per 1000
population in 2011.
· In case of Tuberculosis, prevalence in India has come down by 57.5%
from 586 per 100,000 population in 1990 to 249 per 100,000 population in
2009. Mortality has reduced by 45.2% from 42 per 100,000 population to
23 per 100,000 population during this period.
The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was launched in 2005 with the
aim to improve the availability of and access to quality health care
including Maternal and Child Health services and disease control
programmes particularly to rural population throughout the country, with
a special focus on 18 States with weak public health indicators and
The following steps have been taken by the Government to achieve the MDG
indicators in the health sector in the country.
For reducing child mortality, the steps taken include Integrated
Management of Neo-natal & childhood illness, training of ASHAs
(Accredited Social Health Activist) in Home based new born care, Navajat
Shishu Suraksha Karyakram, setting up of sick new born care units at
district hospitals, promoting exclusive breastfeeding and complementary
feeding, strengthening routine immunisation programme, focussing on
reduction in morbidity and mortality due to Acute Respiratory Infections
(ARI) and Diarrhoeal Diseases, name based tracking of pregnant women and
For improving maternal health, the steps taken include promoting
institutional deliveries, strengthening of infrastructure, Strengthening
of Essential and Emergency Obstetric Care services, Strengthening
Referral Systems, launching of Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram,
Maternal Death Review, organising village health and nutrition days,
engagement of ASHA at community level, introduction of integrated mother
and child health card, etc.
The steps taken to control diseases like HIV / AIDs, Malaria and
Tuberculosis include early diagnosis and treatment, improving monitoring
and evaluation, strengthening human resources, involvement of NGOs,
Private sector and community, providing services near to the doorstep of
This information was given by Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri
Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha