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India ranks below Somalia in terms of survival of newborns

In the latest Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Ranking, India has been ranked at a dismal 154 (Healthcare Access and Quality) out of 195 countries. Compared to the previous ranking, India has fallen by 11 places. India has a health care index score of 44.8 which is the lowest in the subcontinent. Andorra is placed on top with a score of 95 and Central African Republic is at the bottom with a score of 29.

Indias poor showing in the ranking indicates the inability of the country to achieve it s healthcare targets. The most striking observation is in the case of neonatal disorders. India has been ranked an alarming 185, even below the countries like Somalia and Afghanistan. The ranking in terms of access to tuberculosis treatment saw India placed at rank 166 lower than Pakistan and Congo.

The Global Burden of Disease Study is a comprehensive global research programme based out of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), with co-operation of 2,300 researchers in 130 countries.  The Healthcare Access and Quality (HAQ) Index is based on death rates from 32 ailments which could be averted by timely healthcare interventions. The study points out the grim healthcare scenario of the country and the urgent need to address this pressing issue.

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