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New York, Feb 21 (Canadian-Media): United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday in a new report that newborns were dying at “alarmingly high” rates in poor and conflict-ridden countries revealing that babies born in these places are 50 times more vulnerable to death in the first month of life than those born in some wealthier nations, media reports said.
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“Every year, 2.6 million newborns around the world do not survive their first month of life. One million of them die the day they are born,” Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director was reported to state.
We know we can save the vast majority of these babies with affordable, quality health care solutions for every mother and every newborn. Just a few small steps from all of us can help ensure the first small steps of each of these young lives,” she added.
Reportedly in low-income countries, the global average newborn mortality rate is 27 deaths per 1,000 births while in high-income countries, that rate is 3 deaths per 1,000.
Babies born reportedly in Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the best chance at survival, as against the newborns in Pakistan, the Central African Republic and Afghanistan.
Mortality rate In Japan during baby's first month reportedly is one in 1,111 while in Pakistan, the ratio is one in 22.
Reportedly 8 of the 10 most dangerous places to be born are in sub-Saharan Africa, where poor pregnant women are not able to receive assistance during delivery.
More than 80 per cent of newborn deaths are due to prematurity, complications during birth or infections such as pneumonia and sepsis, the report says.
“Given that the majority of these deaths are preventable, clearly, we are failing the world’s poorest babies,” Fore was reported to state.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)