THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN INDIA Mala Rao Director, Indian Institute of Public Health Hyderabad 23 September, 2008 More a continent than a single country 35 states and union territories significantly larger than European countries 1600 dialects
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Indian Institute of Public Health
23 September, 2008
35 states and union territories significantly larger than European countries
Rich blend of cultures, traditions, religions
Remains a vibrant democracy with a highly sophisticated and visionary government.
Ambitious, “Can Do” attitude reflected in Eleventh Five Year Plan 2007-2012.INDIA TODAY
Levels of rising “overnutrition”
World class academies and institutes.
World class health care facilities and booming health tourism
Women with education, power and influence
A third of the world’s poor, nearly 400million living on less than $1/day
46% of children malnourished
Highest number of illiterate people in the world
Maternal mortality rate of 301/100,000 live births and the infant mortality rate of 57/1000 live births.
Sex ratio of 933 females/1000 malesALSO A LAND OF IMMENSE CONTRASTS
Source: 1) Sample Registration System 2003- Annual Report, Office of the Registrar General, India
2) census of India 2001
3) Department of International Development (DFID)
Department for international develpoment.
Strategies which will improve public health include:
Targeted schemes include:
- National TB Control Program, National Blindness Control Program etc..
Death and DALY Estimates by Cause, 2002
SOURCE: National Action Plan On Climate Change., Government Of India, 2008.