New Delhi: Nearly 400,000 babies were born around the world on New Year’s Day with India recording the highest number of births worldwide at 67,385, the UN children’s agency said.
An estimated 392,078 babies were born around the world on New Year’s Day, according to UNICEF, of this, an estimated 67,385 babies were born in India, the most globally. China comes in second with 46,299 births.
“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”, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said.
“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” she added.
Each January, UNICEF celebrates babies born on New Year’s Day an auspicious day for child birth around the world, it said. However, for millions of newborns around the world, the day of their birth is far less auspicious.
In 2018, 2.5 million newborns died in just their first month of life; about a third of them on the first day of life. Among those children most died from preventable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery and infections like sepsis. In addition, more than 2.5 million babies are born dead each year.
UNICEF said over the past three decades, the world has seen remarkable progress in child survival, cutting the number of children worldwide who die before fifth birthday by more than half. But there has been slower progress for newborns. Babies dying in the first month accounted for 47 per cent of all death among children under five in 2018, up from 40 per cent in 1990.