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Unicef: Over 8,400 babies born in Bangladesh on New Year's Day

  • Published at 06:45 pm January 1st, 2019
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File photo of a mother with her newborn Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Urges nations to meet every newborn's right to health and survival

An estimated 8,428 babies were expected to be born in Bangladesh on New Year's Day 2019, a Unicef report said on Tuesday.

The Bangladeshi babies will account for 2.13 percent of the estimated 395,072 babies born across the world on January 1, said the report.

In cities around the world, revellers welcomed not only the New Year with great festivities,but also their newest and tiniest residents, reports UNB.

As the clock struck midnight, Sydney greeted an estimated 168 babies, followed by 310 in Tokyo, 605 in Beijing, 166 in Madrid and finally, 317 in New York.

A quarter of all the babies were born in South Asia alone.

Globally, over half of these estimated births took place in eight countries: India - 69,944, China - 44,940, Nigeria - 25,685, Pakistan - 15,112, Indonesia - 13,256, United States - 11,086, Democratic Republic of Congo - 10,053, and Bangladesh - 8,428.

"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 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 New Year's Day, families welcomed countless Alexander and Ayesha, Zheng and Zainab.

But in several countries, many babies were likely not named as they were not expected to make it past their first day.

In 2017, about one million babies died on the day they were born, and 2.5 million in just their first month of life.

Among those children, most died from preventable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery, and infections like sepsis and pneumonia, a violation of their basic right to survival.

2019 also marks 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 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 account for 47% of all deaths among children under five.

Unicef's "Every Child Alive" campaign calls for immediate investment to 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, ample supplies and medicines to prevent and treat complications during pregnancy, delivery and birth, and empowerment of adolescent girls and women who can demand better quality of health services.