Policy Objectives : Reduction in Infant and Under-Five Mortality

To reduce the infant mortality rate from 85 in 1997 to 73 in 2006, to 67 in 2011 and to 61 in 2016 and to reduce under-five mortality from 125 in 1997 to 105 in 2006, to 94 in 2011 and to below 84 in 2016 with the following specific objectives:

  • Increase complete immunization of children from 42 percent in 1997 to 69 percent in 2006, to 85 percent in 2011, and to all children in 2016
  • Increase the use of oral rehydration salts or home-made solutions among those children suffering from diarrhoea from 36 percent in 1997 to 62 percent in 2006, to 76 percent in 2011, and to 90 percent in 2016
  • Eliminate severe malnutrition among children by 2011
  • Reduce mild and moderate anaemia among children from 65 percent in 1997, to 44 percent in 2006, to 32 percent in 2011 and to 20 percent in 2016
  • Reduce the incidence rate of acute respiratory infections (ARIs) among children by early identification of children with ARIs and by strengthening services at referral points
  • Ensure that 50 percent of all children receive all required doses of vitamin A by 2006 and 90 percent by 2016

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