UNICEF: Kyrgyzstan ranks #79 out of 184 countries on neonatal mortality rate

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Kyrgyzstan ranks #79 out of 184 countries on neonatal mortality rate

NEW YORK/Bishkek, 20 February 2018 – 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. Babies born in Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the best chance at survival, while newborns in Pakistan, the Central African Republic and Afghanistan face the worst odds. With neonatal mortality rate of 11.6 or equivalent to 1 in 86 (deaths per 1, 000 live births in 2016), the rank of Kyrgyzstan is 79 out of 184 countries – for the full list of rankings on newborn mortality for all countries, click here .

“While we have more than halved the number of deaths among children under the age of five in the last quarter century, we have not made similar progress in ending deaths among children less than one month old,” said Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF’s Executive Director. “Given that the majority of these deaths are preventable, clearly, we are failing the world’s poorest babies.”

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. Newborns from the riskiest places to give birth are up to 50 times more likely to die than those from the safest places.

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