Mother, child mortality down sharply
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.