New Year’s Babies: Over 78,000 children will be born in East Asia and Pacific on New Year’s Day - UNICEF

As the calendar turns to 2019, UNICEF calls on nations to meet every newborn’s right to health and survival

01 January 2018
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NEW YORK, 1 January 2019   An estimated 395,072 babies will be born around the world on New Year’s Day with 78,636 born in East Asia and Pacific*, UNICEF said today.

In cities around the world, revelers will welcome not only the New Year with great festivities but also their newest and tiniest residents. As the clock strikes midnight, Sydney will greet an estimated 168 babies, followed by 310 in Tokyo, 605 in Beijing, 166 in Madrid and finally, 317 in New York.

Fiji in the Pacific will most likely deliver 2019’s first baby; the United States, its last. Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in eight countries:

  1. India — 69,944
  2. China — 44,940
  3. Nigeria — 25,685
  4. Pakistan — 15,112
  5. Indonesia — 13,256
  6. The United States of America — 11,086
  7. The Democratic Republic of Congo — 10,053
  8. Bangladesh — 8,428

While in East Asia and Pacific, the top five countries with the highest number of births will be:  

  1. China — 44,940
  2. Indonesia – 13,256
  3. Philippines – 6,729
  4. Viet Nam – 4,240
  5. Myanmar – 2,573

Around the world on January 1, families will welcome countless Alexanders and Ayeshas, Zixuans and Zainabs. But in several countries, many babies will not even be named as they won’t make it past their first day.

In 2017, about 1 million babies died 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.

“This New Year Day, let’s all make a resolution to fulfill 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.”

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 per cent 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 empowered adolescent girls and women who can demand better quality of health services.

“At current life expectancy rates, a child born in Japan in January 2019 is likely to live until the 22nd century,” said Karin Hulshof, UNICEF Regional Director, East Asia and Pacific. “Unfortunately, nearly half of all children born this year likely won’t. In this region, a child born in Viet Nam in January 2019 is most likely to live to 2096, while a child from Papua New Guinea would be unlikely to live beyond 2085.”

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Notes to Editors

For complete un-rounded estimates on births and life expectancy for 190 countries, click here. For top ten baby names across 20 countries and number of births across 26 cities, click here. For the data, UNICEF worked with the World Data Lab.

The estimates for the number of babies born draw on the period indicators and the life tables of the UN’s World Population Prospects (2017). Building on these datasets, World Data Lab’s (WDL) algorithm projects the number of births for each day by country and their corresponding life expectancy. Similar methods were applied to compute the number of babies born in specific US and international cities. Other data sources include UN Data, different US governmental services, and national statistics across several countries.

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*Countries in East Asia and Pacific, include: Cambodia, China, Democractic People’s Republic of Korea, Fiji, Indoensia, Kiribati, People’s Democractic Republic of Lao, Malaysia, Micronesia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu and Viet Nam.

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Shima Islam, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office, Bangkok Tel: +66 (0) 2 356 9407, Email: ssislam@unicef.org

 

 

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