HIV threatens India

Published: Friday 15 May 1998

the number of hiv positive cases in India is currently estimated at three million, says a study. The risk of vertical transmission of aids to new born children has also greatly increased, says the report which was recently presented at meeting between representatives of the government and the United Nations Children's Education Fund ( unicef) . On the basis of the study, the co-operation between the government and the unicef will be decided for 1999 to 2002.

Nearly two million children die in India before completing their first year even though such deaths are avoidable. Fifty-three per cent children under five years of age are moderately malnourished. At the same time, India has made progress in guaranteeing children their rights to survival, the study says.

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