India has registered major decline of 22% in maternal mortality ratio. The figures show that MMR has dipped from 167 per 1,00,000 live births in 2013 to 130 in 2016. The data also reveals the fact that more women are visiting health care facilities and are pressing for institutional deliveries. As per data nearly 80% women deliver in hospitals but still 20% are left behind. The overall improvement can be attributed to various government initiatives like empowerment of community health workers, free ambulance service, introduction of cash transfer for institutional delivery and labour room protocol. With these figures India’s target of achieving 2030 goal where MMR will be further decreased to 160 per 1,00,000 live births seems to be achievable. However the major target would be to head towards the SDG where MMR will be further reduced to 70.
Mental health issues in India are generally swept under the carpet. As per WHO data, 7.5% people in India suffer from mental health problems calling for the need of immediate intervention. The data also reveals that 4.5% or 56 million people suffer from depression while 38 million suffer from anxiety disorders. The governments in low and lower middle income countries spend less than 1 USD on mental health while high income countries spend more than 80 USD. India spends merely 0.6% of its total healthcare budget on mental healthcare. The lack of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists only add to the problem. The WHO data also estimates that India has only 3 psychiatrists per million people which is extremely insufficient. Further the apathy towards the disease is worsening the situation.
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