On Tuesday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that an estimated 16,787 babies will born on New Year’s Day in Pakistan and the babies will account for 4.28 percent of the estimated 392,078 babies to be born on January 1st, 2020.
“The beginning of a new year and a new decade is an opportunity to reflect on our hopes and aspirations not only for our future, but the future of those who will come after us,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “As the calendar flips each January, we are reminded of all the possibility and potential of each child embarking on her or his life’s journey—if they are just given that chance.”
Worldwide, over half of the estimated babies will be born in the following eight countries.
India — 67,385
China — 46,299
Nigeria — 26,039
Pakistan — 16,787
Indonesia — 13,020
The United States of America — 10,452
The Democratic Republic of Congo — 10,247
Ethiopia — 8,493
UNICEF celebrates babies born each January on New Year’s Day, a special day for child birth around the world.
UNICEF is asking world leaders and nations to invest in health workers in 2020 with the know-how and latest equipment to save every newborn.
According to details, 2.5 million newborn died in 2018 in just first month of life; about a third of them on the first day. Among them, most the newborn died from premature birth, complications during delivery and infection.
UNICEF’s Every Child Alive campaigns calls for immediate investment in properly trained health workers who are equipped with the right medicines to ensure that every mother and newborn is taken care of by a safe pair of hands to prevent and treat complications during pregnancy, delivery and birth.
“Too many mothers and newborns are not being cared for by a trained and equipped midwife or nurse, and the results are devastating,” added Fore. “We can ensure that millions of babies survive their first day and live into this decade and beyond if every one of them is born into a safe pair of hands.“