Over 4000 babies to be born on New Year’s Day in Viet Nam, says UNICEF

Kiribati’s Christmas Island, a small island in the Pacific, will most likely welcome 2018’s first baby; the United States, its last. Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in nine countries: India — 69,070 China — 44,760 Nigeria — 20,210 Pakistan — 14,910 Indonesia — 13,370 The United States of America — 11,280 The Democratic Republic of Congo — 9,400 Ethiopia — 9,020 Bangladesh — 8,370 Source: Internet While many babies will survive, some will not make it past their first day. Across the world in 2016, an estimated 2,600 children died within the first 24 hours every day of the year. For almost 2 million newborns, their first week was also their last. In all, 2.6 million children died before the end of their first month. It is estimated that every day 50 newborn die in Viet Nam. Among those children, more than 80 per cent of all newborn deaths are due to preventable and treatable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery, and infections like sepsis and pneumonia. “This New Year, UNICEF’s resolution is to help give every child more than an hour, more than a day, more than a month – more than survival,” said Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam. “We call on governments and partners to join the fight to save millions of children’s lives by providing proven, low-cost solutions.” Over the past two decades, the world has seen unprecedented progress in child survival, halving the number of children…

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