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[Comment] India’s health: more practical solutions needed

Vikram Patel and colleagues1 are to be congratulated for their comprehensive review of India’s health conditions, programmes, and policies. Despite many shortcomings, there has been substantial progress. India’s high infant, child, and maternal mortality rates show sustained decline and life expectancy is increasing.1 Some credit is due to increased national support since 2005, under the umbrella of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)/National Health Mission (NHM). States have accelerated efforts to generate demand for and strengthen supply of health services.

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