Situation in Nigeria is improving but progress is very slow
Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries, UNICEF said today in a new report on newborn mortality. Every year, 2.6 million newborns around the world do not survive their first month of life. One million of them die the day they are born.
Globally, in low-income countries, the average newborn mortality rate is 27 deaths per 1,000 births, the report says. In high-income countries, that rate is 3 deaths per 1,000.
Pregnant and displaced: Delivering babies in conflict affected North East Nigeria
For more than eight years, the conflict in the north east and the resulting humanitarian crisis continues devastating the lives of millions of children, women and their families in the northeast Nigeria.
At least 1.6 million people have been internally displaced, their villages ransacked, their property lost and their lives changed forever. Eighty per cent of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are living in Borno State, the epi-centre of the crisis, and over half are living outside IDP camps in local communities, making it harder to access them with humanitarian assistance and putting additional pressure on the host communities.
UNICEF aims to accelerate the realization of the rights of all children and women to survival, development, protection and participation. We promote efforts to reduce infant, child and maternal mortality; expand access to quality basic education; and strengthen social and child protection systems, using a rights-based and gender-sensitive approach.