The maternal mortality rate, or the rate of deaths among women during or after pregnancy, in India has declined to 212 per 100,000 live irths in 2007-09 as against 254 in 2004-06, according to data released by the Registrar General of India. Though there is a decline of 17% during the period, the country needs to achieve a target of 109 deaths by 2015 to achieve the United Nations-mandated Millennium Development Goals—a feat already achieved by Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Similarly, infant mortality in the country has declined marginally to 50 per 1,000 live births in 2009 as against 53 in 2008. However, the female infants continue to experience a higher mortality than male infants. For every 49 male infants, 52 female infants are dying.
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