The number of annual under-five deaths in India has gone below one million for the first time in 2016. India is back on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals target for the under-five mortality of 25 per 1,000 live births by 2030.
The SRS report comes at a time when neonatal and infant deaths have been reported in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand recently. The latest report puts Kerala on top with IMR as low as 10 followed by Tamil Nadu at 17 and Maharashtra at 19.
With an aim to reduce the infant mortality rate (IMR) of Uttar Pradesh which has the second highest IMR in the country the state project management unit (SPMU) of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has decided to observe the year 2013-14 as the newborn child safety year (Navjaat Shishu Suraksha Varsh).