Bangladesh to witness over 8,093 childbirths on New Year’s Day: UNICEF


1st January, 2020 07:44:55 printer

Bangladesh to witness over 8,093 childbirths on New Year’s Day: UNICEF

An estimated 8,093 babies will be born in Bangladesh on the New Year’s Day while around 392,078 babies will be born in the world in total, a UNICEF press release said.

UNICEF welcomed the newest and tiniest residents in the globe and requested the world leaders for more investment in health workers to save every newborn.

UNICEF’s Every Child Alive campaign calls for immediate investment in health workers with the right training, who are equipped with the right medicines to ensure every mother and newborn is cared for by a safe pair of hands to prevent and treat complications during pregnancy, delivery and birth.

“Too many mothers and newborns are not being cared for by a trained and equipped midwife or nurse, and the results are devastating,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.

“We can ensure that millions of babies survive their first day and live into this decade and beyond if every one of them is born into a safe pair of hands” she said.

“As the calendar flips each January, we are reminded of all the possibility and potential of each child embarking on her or his life’s journey-if they are just given that chance,” Fore added.

Fiji in the Pacific most likely delivered 2020’s first baby while the United States, its last.

Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in eight countries–India 67,385, China 46,299, Nigeria 26,039,Pakistan 16,787, Indonesia 13,020, the United States of America 10,452, the Democratic Republic of Congo 10,247 and Ethiopia 8,493 babies.

Each January, UNICEF celebrates babies born on New Year’s Day, an auspicious day for child birth around the world.

However, for millions of newborns around the world, the day of their birth is far less auspicious.

In 2018, 2.5 million newborns died in just their first month of life; about a third of them on the first day of life. Among those children, most died from preventable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery and infections like sepsis.

In addition, more than 2.5 million babies are born dead each year. Over the past three decades, the world has seen remarkable progress in child survival, cutting the number of children worldwide who die before their fifth birthday by more than half. But there has been slower progress for newborns. Babies dying in the first month accounted for 47 per cent of all deaths among children under five in 2018, up from 40 per cent in 1990.