New Year’s Babies: Over 392,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day - UNICEF

01 January 2020
New Year’s Babies: Over 392,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day - UNICEF
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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  

NEW YORK, 1 January 2020 – An estimated 392,078 babies will be born around the world on New Year’s Day, according to UNICEF.  

“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
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,” said 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.”

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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Bebé Tinan Foun: Liu labarik 392.000 sei moris iha mundu iha loron Tinan Foun -  UNICEF 

Iha 2020, UNICEF bolu atensaun husi lider sira hotu iha mundu no nasaun hotu-hotu atu investe iha pesoal saúde ho matenek no ekipamentu atu salva bebé sira ne’ebé mak foin moris.

NOVA IORKE, 1 Janeiru 2020 – Estimasaun ida katak bebé hamutuk 392.078 sei moris iha mundu tomak iha loron Tinan Foun, tuir UNICEF.  

“Tinan foun nia inisiu no dekada foun mak oportunidade ida atu refleta kona-ba ita-nia aspirasaun la’os de’it ba ita nia futuru, maibé mós ba futuru sira ne’ebé mak sei mai depoisde ita,’ hateten Hendrietta Fore, Diretora Eksekutiva UNICEF. “Wainhira kalendariu muda kada fulan Janeiru, ita hetan xamada atu bele hanoin kona-ba posibilidade no poténsia hotu-hotu kona-ba labarik ida-idak hahú sira-nia jornada moris tomak – kuandu sira hetan oportunidade.”

Fiji iha Pasífiku sei hahoris bebé dahuluk iha tinan 2020. Ba Estadus Unidus, mak sei ikus. Globalmente, tuir estimasaun katak liu metade husi bebé sira ne’ebé mak foin moris ne’e sei akontese iha nasaun ualu tuir mai ne’e:
1. India — 67,385 
2. China — 46,299
3. Nigeria — 26,039 
4. Pakistan — 16,787 
5. Indonesia — 13,020 
6. Eastdus Unidus da Amérika — 10,452 
7. Repúblika Demokrátika Congo — 10,247 
8. Ethiopia — 8,493
Kada Janeiru, UNICEF selebra bebé moris iha loron Tinan Foun, loron ida ne’ebé mak furak liu ba labarik sira atu moris iha mundu. 

Maibé, ba bebé sira ne’ebé mak foin moris iha mundu tokon-ba-tokon, loron ne’ebé mak sira moris ne’e la fó ksolok ba sira.  

Iha tinan 2018, bebé sira ne’ebé mak foin moris hamutuk millaun 2.5 iha mundu mak mate wainhira idade fulan ida iha sira nia moris; kuazu um tersu husi sira mak iha loron primeiru wainhira moris mai. Entre labarik sira ne’e, barak liu mak mate husi kazu ne’ebé mak bele prevene hanesan moris prematur, komplikasaun durante partu, infesaun hanesan sepse. Nó mós hanesan adisaun, liu bebé hamutuk millaun 2.5 mak mate wainhira moris mai.

Iha dekada tolu ikus ne’e, mundu haree ona mudansa progesu di’ak tebes iha labarik sira nia moris, hatun númeru liu metade husi labarik-sira iha mundu tomak ne’ebé mak mate molok sira selebra sira nia aniversariu moris nian ba dala lima. Maibé mós iha progresu ne’ebé la’o nei-neik ba bebé sira ne’ebé mak foin moris. Bebé sira mate iha fulan dahuluk mak pur sentu 47 husi mate hotu-hotu entre labarik-sira idade tinan lima ba kraik iha tinan 2018, sa’e husi pur sentu 40 iha tinan 1990.

UNICEF liu husi Every Child Alive campaign apela investimentu imediatu ba pesoal saúde sira ho treinamentu loloos ba sira, ne’ebé ekipadu ho ai-moruk loloos atu asegura katak kada inan no bebé foin moris sira bele hetan kuidadu di’ak husi liman par ida ne’ebé mak seguru atu prevene no fó tratamentu di’ak ba komplikasaun sira durante isin-rua, partu no moris.

“Inan no bebé foin moris barak liu mak la hetan kuidadu di’ak husi liman parteira no infermeira sira ne’ebé mak treinadu no akipadu, no resultadu sai aat liu,” hateten Fore. “Ita bele asegura katak bebé tokon-ba-tokon moris iha sira nia loron dahuluk no moris iha dekada ida ne’e no liutan wainhira kada ida-idak husi bebé sira ne’e moris mai iha liman par ida ne’ebé mak seguru.” 

Nota ba Editór-sira

Atu hetan estimasaun kompletu husi moris iha nasaun hamutuk 190, klik iha ne’e

Ba dadus, UNICEF servisu ona ho World Data Lab. Estimasaun ba númeru bebé moris iha 1 Janeiru 2020 hakerek iha versaun ikus nian husi UN’s World Population Prospects (2019). Harii dadus sira ne’e, Lab Dadus Mundial (World Data Lab’s-WDL) projetu alguritmu estima númeru moris ba kada loron kada nasaun.

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