7000 Babies Die Daily Despite Record Low for Child Mortality. The mortality of newborn babies in the world remains high. Last year, 15,000 children died in the fifth year of life every day. 46 percent of the – 7000 babies – died in the first 28 days.
This is evidenced by the recently released UN report ‘Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017’.
There is also good news. Child mortality among children up to 5 years has decreased steadily since 2000: from over 27,000 to 15,000 per day. By 2016 there were 5.6 million children.
However, mortality among children up to one month old remains high. Complications during pregnancy or at birth were the most common reason for the death of babies in 2016.
According to Stefan Swartling Peterson, UNICEF’s main health, since 2000, 50 million children have been saved under the age of five thanks to governments and development partners.
The biggest challenge now is to get down to childbirths in newborns. “The knowledge and technology to avoid this mortality are there – now we have to get it to the farthest corners, where it is so hard.”
UNICEF will, among other things, promote better access to health care during pregnancy and at birth. Access to safe drinking water and hygienic sanitation of vital importance is also essential.
Child mortality is highest in South Asia (mainly in India, Pakistan) and Sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia). In Sub-Saharan Africa, one in 36 newborns dies, compared to one in 333 in rich countries.