India is used to finding itself at the bottom rungs of all indices compiled worldwide to measure performance in areas like health, education and women’s status. All these are inter-related and so performance in one influences achievements in others. But they are often studied separately to identify problems and find solutions. The extremely poor score of India in a host of health-related indicators, as seen in a report card based on a Global Burden of Disease Study, 2015, is very revealing as some earlier reports were.

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