Child mortality rate drops by 63pc

Says Save the Children report

7th June, 2019 11:17:06 printer

Bangladesh achieved highest success in reducing child death rate in South Asia as the country saw under-5 years child mortality rate downed to 63 percent in last 20 years while Bhutan experienced 60 percent, Nepal 59 and India 57 during the same period.

“Bangladesh has cut its under-5 years mortality rate by 63 percent since 2000 and by 77 percent since 1990 while the country is expected to reach the global target of 25 or fewer deaths per 1,000 births in years before the 2030 deadline of Sustainable Development goals (SDGs),” said the “Global Childhood Report 2019” of Save the Children published recently, reports BSS.

In 1990, the WHO Global Health Observatory data said 532,000 child deaths occurred in Bangladesh that is cut to around 100,000 annually currently.

Save the Children lauded the Bangladesh government’s efforts in setting up community clinics and bringing primary health care system under digitization to improving child health.

In Bangladesh, the report found investments being focused on strengthening health systems and introducing and scaling up proven solutions for mothers, children and newborns.

“Progress has been equitable – benefitting poor and rich, girls and boys, and also rural and urban children. Targeted, well-designed and equity-oriented programs have achieved high immunization coverage and high rates of treatment of diarrhea and pneumonia in Bangladesh,” it added.

Identifying that women’s and girl’s education and empowerment are key factors for having progress in Bangladesh the report said, adding the country has also engaged in civil society, including children and young people, in setting public policy priorities and influencing budget allocations.

Bangladesh has launched the National Newborn Health Program to reduce the remaining under-5 child deaths. The new initiative focuses on scaling up a package of evidence-based interventions in all 64 districts of the country.

In her message marking “Safe Motherhood Day-2019 on May 28 last, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the development of maternal and child health is the indispensible part of national development.

She said her government has introduced three-year ‘midwifery course’ to ensure safe delivery and motherhood.