Child Death Rates By 63% Over 20 years In Bangladesh

Bangladesh has successfully reducing child death rates in South Asia as the country’s child mortality rate for children under the age of five decreasing by 63% in the last 20 years; But in 1990, the WHO Global Health Observatory data said 532,000 child deaths occurred in Bangladesh; and that has now been cut to around 100,000 annually, reporting BSS.

Bhutan experienced a 60% reduction, Nepal 59%, and India 57% during the same period; Bangladesh has cut its child mortality for children under the age by 63% since 2000, and by 77% since 1990; while the country is expecting to reach the global target of 25 or fewer deaths per 1,000 births in years before the 2030 deadline of Sustainable Development goals (SDGs); reads the Global Childhood Report 2019 of Save the Children published recently.

Child death in Bangladesh

Save the Children lauded the Bangladesh government’s efforts in setting up community clinics and bringing the primary health care system under digitization to improving children’s health; The report detailed that In Bangladesh, investments are being focused on strengthening healthcare systems plus introducing and scaling up proven solutions for mothers, children, and newborns.

Progress has been equitable benefiting poor and rich, girls and boys, and also rural and urban children. Targeted, well-designed and equity oriented programs have achieved high immunization coverage; and high rates of treatment of diarrhea and pneumonia in Bangladesh.

Key factors for progress in Bangladesh

Identifying women’s and girl’s education plus empowerment as key factors for progress in Bangladesh; the report said Bangladesh has also engaged its civil society including children and young people in setting public policy priorities and influencing budget allocations. To meet the challenges; the premier said the Health and Family Welfare Ministry is working to implement fourth health sector programs between 2017 and 2022 in light with the national seventh five-year plan and Vision 2021.

The head of Pediatric Department of the Institute of Child and Mother Health in Dhaka; Professor Wahida Khanom, said community clinics are playing an important role; in reducing the death rates of newborn babies across the country. The initiatives of community clinics; one for every 6,000 people becoming the engine of Bangladesh’s primary health care service that has been praising worldwide. Additionally, she said that child and mother healthcare services have improved at union sub centres, upazila health complexes; and satellite clinics.