UNICEF challenges nations around the world to make sure more newborns survive their first days of life
TORONTO, Jan. 1, 2018 /CNW/ - Approximately 1,062 babies will be born in Canada on New Year's Day, UNICEF said today. Canadian babies will account for 0.27 per cent of the estimated 385,793 babies to be born globally on New Year's Day.
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
Eighty per cent of newborn deaths are preventable
While many babies will survive, some will not make it past their first day. In 2016, an estimated 2,600 children died within the first 24 hours every day of the year. For almost two million newborns, their first week was also their last. In all, 2.6 million children died before the end of their first month. 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 David Morley, UNICEF Canada President and CEO. "We call on governments and partners to join the fight to save millions of children's lives by providing proven, low-cost solutions."
Progress in child survival leaving behind newborns
Over the past two decades, the world has seen unprecedented progress in child survival, halving the number of children worldwide who die before their fifth birthday to 5.6 million in 2016. But despite these advances, there has been slower progress for newborns. Babies dying in the first month account for 46 per cent of all deaths among children under five.
Next month, UNICEF will launch Every Child Alive, a global campaign to demand and deliver affordable, quality health care solutions for every mother and newborn. These include a steady supply of clean water and electricity at health facilities, the presence of a skilled health attendant during birth, disinfecting the umbilical cord, breastfeeding within the first hour after birth, and skin-to-skin contact between the mother and child.
"We are now entering the era when all the world's newborns should have the opportunity to see the 22nd Century," added Morley. "Unfortunately, nearly half of the children born this year likely won't. A child born in Canada in January 2018 is most likely to live to 2101, while a child from Somalia would be unlikely to live beyond 2075."
Notes to Editors
For the data, UNICEF worked with the World Data Lab. The estimates for the number of babies born draws on the period indicators and the life tables of the UN's World Population Prospects (2017). Building on these datasets, World Data Lab's (WDL) algorithm projects the number of births for each day by country and gender, and their corresponding life expectancy.
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