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MP sees highest infant deaths, says report

New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh saw the highest number of infant deaths for the third consecutive year in 2011, according to a joint report released October 23 by the Unicef and Union Ministry of women and child development.

The report by the Knowledge Community on Children in India (KCCI), a joint initiative of the UN agency and the Ministry of Women and Child Development, however, reported overall drop in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in 2011.

“From 47 per 1,000 live births in 2010, the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in India came down to 44 in 2011. In 2009, the IMR stood at 50 in the country, making it a consistently improving trend,” the report said.