Mother, child mor­tal­ity down sharply

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Ma­ter­nal and in­fant death rates have dropped sig­nif­i­cantly in China, along with the death rate of chil­dren un­der age 5, a se­nior health of­fi­cial said.

The ma­ter­nal death rate in China in 2013 was 23.2 per 100,000, down 56.2 per­cent from 2000, ac­cord­ing to Wang Guo­qiang, vice-min­is­ter of the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion. The in­fant mor­tal­ity rate was 9.5 per 1,000, and the death rate of chil­dren un­der age 5 was 12 per 1,000, both down by about 70 per­cent from 2000.

“China has achieved the UN Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals ahead of sched­ule in the in­fant mor­tal­ity rate and un­der-5 mor­tal­ity rate,” he said.

One pol­icy the coun­try has adopted to im­prove ma­ter­nal and child health is pro­vid­ing sub­si­dies to ru­ral women who give birth in hos­pi­tals, Wang said.

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