Pakistan

Pakistan Tops the Global List of Newborn Babies’ Death Rate

Written by Umar Farooq
(Last Updated On: 27/02/2014)

Save the Children has revealed that birth of dead children or the children that die on the first day of their birth has the highest rate in Pakistan than any other country of the world.

According to the report 40.7 babies are born dead or die within 24 hours of their birth in Pakistan per 1000 babies. In contrast the mortality rate in children less than five years old has improved in Pakistan over the past 20 years. In 1990, 138 children used to die in every 1000 children but in 2012 this number dropped to 86 and it is persisting there.

42 newborns in Pakistan in every 1000 die before they get 1 month old. Pakistan tops the list and top 10 in the list are as follows.

S.No

Country Name

Number of Newborn Deaths / 1000

1

Pakistan

40.7

2

Nigeria

32.7

3

Sierra Leone

30.8

4

Somalia

29.7

5

Guinea Bissau

29.4

6

Afghanistan

29.0

7

Bangladesh

28.9

8

Congo

28.3

9

Lesuthu

27.5

10

Angola

27.4

According to Save the Children, experts claim that during pregnancy and labor, infections and medical complications occur due to which most of these deaths of newborns occur. In order to avoid these complications, pregnant women must have access to doctor or expert midwife. In Pakistan and other countries in top 10, unfortunately due to lack of resources, doctors and experienced midwives are not accessible to majority of the people.

China and Egypt have advanced successfully during 1990 and 2012 towards the remission of this problem and have reduced the death of newborns up to 60%.

About the author

Umar Farooq

Umer Farooq is a hobbyist British writer and likes to write about Politics, Sports, Fashion and Technology. Having secured a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership from University of Ulster UK, he has a firm grip on current issues writing. Research also is one of the his favourite areas and it came natural to him.

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