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Lanka shines in slashing maternal, neonatal mortality

world Updated: Jan 15, 2009 23:01 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times
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This is one war the Sri Lankan government is winning without bullets, bombs or taking lives.

A latest UN report says that the island nation has more than halved the rates of maternal and neo-natal mortality through correct healthcare strategies and enough funds in spite of an ongoing civil war.

The UNICEF report, State of the World’s Children, said Sri Lanka has “the political commitment to improve the health of mothers and children” in spite of the war with the LTTE and the 2004 tsunami. The UN body hailed Sri Lanka as a model for developing countries.

The report added that the island nation has managed “to halve its maternal mortality rate every six to 11 years.