On November 12, 2020 The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) launched a 3 month accelerated SAANS (Social Action and Awareness to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully) campaign to reduce childhood pneumonia deaths. The scheme focuses to raise awareness regarding childhood pneumonia and its early intervention, enabling the caregivers across the country to identify critical symptoms at early stages and immediate care-seeking with qualified providers.
Target of the Initiative– To reduce less than 5 pneumonia deaths, per a 1000 live births, to less than 3 deaths by 2025 through the accelerated SAANS (Social Action and Awareness to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully) initiative.
About SAANS campaign
SAANS campaign was launched in 2019. It complements the national childhood pneumonia management guidelines through a three-pronged approach to protect, prevent and treat pneumonia among children.
- In order to increase the efforts to alleviate the burden of pneumonia in India, Save the Children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) have also partnered with the MoHFW.
- One of the key objectives under the National Health Mission(NHM), is to reduce the child mortality, more so from preventable diseases.
Statistics in regard to India’s Child Mortality:
i.India has a higher decline in the reduction of child mortality (71%) in comparison to the global reduction of 59% between 1990 and 2017
ii.Under the NHM, the Under Five Mortality Rate (U5MR) has decreased in a fast manner between 2008 and 2018, with a compound annual decline of 6.5% per year, compared to the 3.3% compound annual decline observed between 1990 and 2007.
iii.For the first time, the U5MR of India is 36 per 1000 live births less than the global U5MR of 39 per a 1000 live births.
iv.From the current levels, the National Health Policy targets to reduce it to 23 deaths by 2025.
v.The USMR target that was set under the National Health Policy (23 per a 1000 live births by 2025) and Sustainable Development Goals-SGG (25 per a 1000 live births by 2030) have been achieved by 7 states/ union territories, namely Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Maharashtra, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh,
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About Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW):
Union Minister– Harsh Vardhan(Constituency- Chandni Chowk,New Delhi)
Minister of State– Ashwini Kumar Choubey