Thursday, May 8, 2008

More than half of Indian children under the age of five do not get the health care they need

India ranks alongside Ghana when it comes to providing basic health care to its children under five years of age. Among developing countries, the Philippines was performing best with almost 69% of children able to get access to health care. Ethiopia ranks last - only 16% of children under five get health care when they need it. Girls die at much higher rates in India than most countries. Although India has cut child its mortality rate by 34% since 1990, Indian girls are 61% more likely than boys to die between the ages of one and five. Inequity of health care among male and female children is responsible for this situation.

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