In a recent study conducted considering several heath factor India is ranked143 among 188 countries. However, we are above Pakistan and Bangladesh and below countries like Bhutan, Syria, and Srilanka. This low ranking is due to the air pollution and poor hygiene.
In New York during an event the first annual assessment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) health performance published in the Lancet and launched at a special event at the UN General Assembly said “Despite rapid economic growth, India was ranked 143rd, below Comoros and Ghana,”.
In different health aspects scores were given to each country to decide the rank. For malaria India scored 10 points and for hygiene score is eighteen. For mortality rate 39 points given for under-five children and 18 for maternal mortality. Highest point of India is 80 for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD). Iceland occupied highest position in the list followed by Singapore and then Sweden. UK rank fifth which is further followed by Finland, However, US scored 28the position much down in the list. In the bottom of the list Central African Republic, Somalia, and South Sudan were placed.
Lim said “With more than 1,870 individual collaborators in 124 countries and three territories, our independent analysis identifies high and low-performing countries to help guide national policies and donor investments and provides a strong basis for monitoring progress towards the health-related SDGs for 188 countries over the next 15 years,”.
The author of SDG index prepared the list base on available data, estimates, and modelling. The study said that not any of the country met any of nine targets of complete eradication of diseases like tuberculosis and HIV, childhood overweight incidences and intimate partner violence.
The author said “A substantial change in the current trajectory of HIV and tuberculosis incidence will be needed-likely requiring major technological leaps coupled with universal delivery-to meet this target,”.
The SDGs are made with 17 universal goals, with 169 targets and 230 indicators to keep a check at the pressing problems like food and water security, poverty, and climate change up to 2030. It was made by United Nations in 2015.