Save the Children reported Pakistan as most dangerous place to be born in Asia

Save the Children, the international aid agency has launched its fourteenth annual State of the World’s Mothers report in Islamabad with a particular focus on Pakistan, reveals that 1-in-77 Pakistani babies die in their first day in life, making up 17 per cent of all under-five deaths in the country.

save-the-childrenPakistan has the highest first day mortality rate for babies in Asia, making it the most dangerous place in the region to be born, Save the Children says.

In addition, the report also contains the first ever Birth Day Risk Index with the death rate for babies in their first day of life in 186 countries. About 60,000 Pakistani babies die within the first day of life, accounting for 30 per cent of all newborn deaths, making it the most dangerous day for any baby.[1] Some reasons for this includes high rate of preterm births, low birth weight, poor nutritional status of mothers, poor family planning, lack of health workers and early childbearing.

Also the report will help to understand that how low cost solutions like breastfeeding and basic hygiene can save more than million children’s lives each year.

State of the World’s Mothers also compares 176 countries around the globe, showing which are succeeding – and which are failing – in saving and improving the lives of mothers and their children.

Pakistan ranked 139th on the best places to be a mother, based on factors such as mother’s health, education and economic status, as well as critical child indicators such as health and nutrition. It came in ahead of neighbours India and Afghanistan, but trailed behind Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Overall, Finland was ranked the best place to be a mother while the Democratic Republic of Congo came in last.

“The number of newborn deaths in Pakistan is unacceptably high. About 1-in-28 babies in Pakistan do not live past the first month of life, making Pakistan one of 10 countries accounting for nearly two-thirds of the three million newborn deaths that take place globally every year,” said David Skinner, country director for Save the Children in Pakistan.

“Pakistan also has the highest number of stillborn babies in the region, at 1-in-23, many of which are preventable. Overall, the report shows that universal coverage of four products which only cost between 13 cents and US$6 per treatment can prevent over a million or one-in-three newborn deaths globally each year. With sufficient trained health workers to use these products, we can prevent thousands of Pakistani children from dying needlessly.”

These life-saving products for infants include corticosteroid injections to women in preterm labour, resuscitation devices to save babies who do not breathe at birth, chlorhexidine cord cleansing to prevent umbilical cord infections, and injectable antibiotics to treat newborn sepsis and pneumonia.

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