New Year’s Babies: Over 78,500 children will be born in East Asia and Pacific on New Year’s Day - UNICEF

In 2020, UNICEF is calling for world leaders and nations to invest in health workers with the know-how and equipment to save every newborn

01 January 2020
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Mother Delgermurun Tsolomon (32) with her baby Sugarmaa Batjargal (8 days), outside her ger in the Alag-Erdene area in Mongolia on the 1st of March 2018.

BANGKOK, 1 January 2020 An estimated 78,845 babies will be born in East and Asia Pacific* on New Year’s Day, UNICEF said today. Babies in the region will account for around 20 per cent of the estimated 392,078 babies to be born on New Year’s Day.

“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.”

Fiji in the Pacific will most likely deliver 2020’s first baby. The United States, its last. Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in eight countries:

1.    India — 67,385

2.    China — 46,299

3.    Nigeria — 26,039

4.    Pakistan — 16,787

5.    Indonesia — 13,020

6.    The United States of America — 10,452

7.    The Democratic Republic of Congo — 10,247

8.    Ethiopia — 8,493

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

1.    China — 46,299

2.    Indonesia – 13,020

3.    Philippines – 5,813

4.    Viet Nam – 4,259

5.    Myanmar – 2,558

Each January, UNICEF celebrates babies born on New Year’s Day, an auspicious day for child birth around the world.

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.

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 accounted for 47 per cent of all deaths among children under five in 2018, up from 40 per cent in 1990.

UNICEF’s Every Child Alive campaign calls for immediate investment in health workers with the right training, who are equipped with the right medicines to ensure every mother and newborn is cared for 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.”

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Notes to Editors

For complete un-rounded estimates on births for 190 countries, click here.

For the data, UNICEF worked with the World Data Lab. The estimates for the number of babies born on 1 January 2020 draw on the latest revision of the UN’s World Population Prospects (2019). Building on these datasets, World Data Lab’s (WDL) algorithm projects estimates of the number of births for each day by country.

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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, +66 (0) 2 356 9407, ssislam@unicef.org

 

 

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