Review of Health and Health Service Improvements in Nepal
Nepal has made great progress regarding maternal and childhood mortality over the past two decades. A visionary leadership, coupled with the implementation of targeted interventions and programmes have resulted in improved MNCH indicators and marked decline in mortality. Maternal deaths have dropped by almost half from 539 per 100,000 live births in 1996 to 281 in 2006. Although neonatal mortality rates have stagnated in recent years, the overall childhood mortality has improved. This article tracks changes made in key indicators (mortality, fertility and service indicators including immunisation, family planning, maternal, neonatal and child over time and provides an overview of successful programmes that have led to this accomplishment.Keywords: child mortality; contraceptive prevalence rate; diarrhoea; maternal and neonatal programmes; maternal mortality; nutrition; pneumonia.
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