An estimated 8,428 babies will be born in Bangladesh on the New Year’s Day, UNICEF said on Tuesday.
Bangladeshi babies will account for 2.13 per cent of the estimated 395,072 babies to be born across the world on the New Year’s Day, said the report.
In cities around the world, people will welcome not only the New Year with great festivities but also their newest and tiniest residents.
As the clock stroke midnight, Sydney greeted an estimated 168 babies, followed by 310 in Tokyo, 605 in Beijing, 166 in Madrid and 317 in New York.
Fiji in the Pacific region was most likely to deliver 2019’s first baby and in the United States.
A quarter of all babies will be born in South Asia alone, according to the report.
Globally, over half of these births were estimated to take place in eight countries: India to have 69,944 births, China to have 44,940, Nigeria with 25,685 births, Pakistan with 15,112 births, Indonesia with 13,256 births, the United States to have 11,086 births, the Democratic Republic of Congo with 10,053 and Bangladesh with 8,428 births.
‘This New Year Day, let’s all make a resolution to fulfil every right of every child, starting with the right to survive,’ said Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, UNICEF’s deputy executive director.
‘We can save millions of babies if we invest in training and equipping local health workers so that every newborn is born into a safe pair of hands.’
Around the world on January 1, families will welcome countless Alexander and Ayesha, Zheng and Zainab.
In several countries, many babies will not even be named as they won’t make it past their first day.
In 2017, about 1 million babies died on the day they were born and 2.5 million in just their first month
Among those children, most died from preventable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery and infections like sepsis and pneumonia. This was a violation of their basic right to survival.
Year 2019 also marked the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which UNICEF will be commemorating with worldwide events throughout the year.
Under the convention, governments committed to, among other things, taking measures to save every child by providing good quality health care.
Over the past three decades, the world had seen remarkable progress in child survival, cutting the number of children worldwide who died before their fifth birthday by more than half.
There had been slower progress for newborns. Babies dying in the first month accounted for 47 per cent of all deaths among children under five.
UNICEF’s Every Child Alive campaign called for immediate investment to deliver affordable, quality health care solutions for every mother and newborn.
These included a steady supply of clean water and electricity at health facilities, the presence of a skilled health attendant during birth, ample supplies and medicines to prevent and treat complications during pregnancy, delivery and birth, and empowered adolescent girls and women who could demand better quality of health services.
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