With increased funding and stepped-up investments in health systems, India today said it expects to achieve the Millennium Development Goals of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health this year.

With an almost 400 per cent increase in federal funding and stepped-up investment in health systems, efforts in improving healthcare have begun to show results, said India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Bhagwant Bishnoi at a session of Commission of of Commission of Population and Development here. Bishnoi cited the government’s flagship National Rural Health Mission and other innovative health interventions that have led to increased life expectancy, increased rates of immunisation of children, and substantial drop in under-five, neo-natal and maternal mortality rates between 1990 and 2013.

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