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India Newborn Action Plan (INAP) to Reduce Infant Mortality in India
Sep 22, 2014

The Centre launched a programme to reduce infant mortality and bring down the number of deaths to a single digit by 2030 from the current 29 deaths per 1,000 live births. The India Newborn Action Plan (INAP) is the first step towards controlling infant deaths.

India can reduce the deaths through simple, cost-effective interventions before and immediately after delivery. 2.8 million infants who die at birth worldwide, India contributes 7 lakh. 13.3 lakh children under the age of five years die in India and 7.56 lakh of them in their first month. These are preventable deaths. 

INAP has been prepared with the help of expertise drawn from distinguished members of a Technical Resource Group. The programme will be implemented under the existing Reproductive, Maternal, Child Health and Adolescents Plus (RMNCHA+) framework. It would be carried out with the extensive outreach mechanisms used for fighting polio.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is doing valuable work in the rural areas of India. It revolutionised the basic human thought process through the personal computer revolution, The Foundation has saved millions of lives by donating billions of dollars for transforming conditions of human existence. At a time when the anti-polio campaign was threatened for want of adequate funds, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation stepped in with help. They are invaluable partners in India’s fight against disease and death.


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