By Minakshi Chakraborty
The author is Senior Economist, Indicus Analytics.email@example.com
Wide regional inequalities exist in the health status of the country. A study of measures like infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate, safe delivery and immunisation shows that economic development along with a higher governmental expenditure on health can lead to improvement in the health status.
Since the declaration of the millennium development goals (MDG) in 2000, there has been constant effort towards equitable progress. With just a year to the 2015 deadline for achieving the eight globally agreed MDGs, the need for monitoring the efforts becomes pertinent. According to the 2013 World Bank report ‘World Development Indicators’, India stands at 56 (per 1000 live births) in infant mortality rate (IMR) world ranking. Even low-income countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Peru and the Philippines have a lower...