Language
Download App

Bookmark Bookmark

Babies born in poorest countries still face alarming risks: UNICEF

Babies born in poorest countries still face alarming risks: UNICEF

According to a new report published by UNICEF; babies born in the world’s poorest countries face alarming risks to death that can be 50 times as high as those in the richest countries.

Highlights:

  • The differences are stark. A baby born in Pakistan - the country with the worst newborn mortality rate - faced a one in 22 chance of death, while a newborn in Japan had only a one in 1,111 risk of dying, the report said.
  • Of the 10 highest-risk countries, eight are in sub-Saharan Africa, countries where "pregnant women are much less likely to receive assistance", due to poverty, conflict or weak institutions, according to the report.
  • More than 80 per cent of newborn deaths can be prevented, the report says, "with access to well-trained midwives, along with proven solutions like clean water, disinfectants, breastfeeding within the first hour, skin-to-skin contact and good nutrition".
  • Of the 10 highest-risk countries, eight are in sub-Saharan Africa, countries where "pregnant women are much less likely to receive assistance," due to poverty, conflict or weak institutions, according to the report.
  • Those eight countries are the Central African Republic (a one in 24 chance of death); Somalia, Lesotho, Guinea-Bissau and South Sudan (all with a one in 26 chance); Cote d'Ivoire (one in 27) and Mali and Chad (both with a one in 28 chance).
  • Rwanda among the low income countries has shown a great improvement.
  • Babies born to mothers with no education face nearly twice the risk of early death as babies whose mothers have at least a secondary education. 
  • The United States generally affluent, but with considerable income inequality and wide variations in access to health care was only the 41st safest country for newborns.

     

See personalized feed

Login & Personalize

Attempt Mock Test

View all

Attempt Mock Tests

Attempt Free Mock Tests

Daily articles on app

Daily articles on app

You might be interested:

India ranks 81st in global corruption perception index

India ranks 81st in global corruption perception index India has been ranked 81st in the global corruption perception index for 2017, released by Transparency International, which named the country among the "worst offenders" in terms of graft and pr ...

4 months ago

Evening News Digest: 22 February 2018

Six new features of e-NAM Platform launched The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched the revamped version of electronic platform of National Agricultural Market (e-NAM). The revamped version comes with six new features with a v ...

4 months ago

Vocab Express- 407

Vocab Express- 407 Dear Aspirants, To enhance your vocabulary here are 5 new words. Use these words to improve Written and Spoken English skills. In case you have missed out on our previous Vocab Express, we would strongly advise you to read it. ...

4 months ago

Current Affairs Video: 21 February 2018

Current Affairs Video: 21 February 2018 brings to its viewers the 'Top 10 Current Affairs of the day' covering National, International, Sports and other events important for any competitive exams like IAS/PCS, SSC, Banking, etc To view similar Curren ...

4 months ago

One Liners of the Day: 22 February 2018

National This institution formed a committee headed by YH Malegam to look into factors leading to bank frauds in India – Reserve Bank of India (RBI) The newly created Rs 60000 crore National Urban Housing Fund (NUHF) will be situated in this a ...

4 months ago

Banking Digest: 22 February 2018

National This institution formed a committee headed by YH Malegam to look into factors leading to bank frauds in India – Reserve Bank of India (RBI) The newly created Rs 60000 crore National Urban Housing Fund (NUHF) will be situated in this a ...

4 months ago

Provide your feedback on this article: