For both China and India child mortality trends raise wider questions for public health and the distribution within developing countries of the benefits from globalization. Integration into global markets have manifestly enhanced wealth creation, generated economic dynamism and raised living standards for many millions of people in India and China. At the same time the human development benefits of economic success have been slow to trickle down to large sections of the population ' and the trickle appears to be slowing in some key areas of public health.
The probability of an Indian mother dying during childbirth is roughly 10 times that of her Chinese counterpart. Reducing the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) by three-quarters in 10 years is now a Millennium Development Goal. How far are we from the goal? Arati Rao unravels the many challenges to saving mothers' lives.
Over 73 per cent of India's population still lives in rural areas and they have access to only 25 per cent of healthcare facilities. The 25 per cent who live in towns and cities have 75 per cent healthcare access. The National Rural Health Mission should rectify this deficiency... results will be visible in the next three years
New Delhi: India has drawn up an ambitious time-bound plan to reduce by 2012 the incidence of major diseases like filariasis, leprosy and Kala Azar that can be fatal and lower child and maternal mortality.