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Highest number of newborns die in India annually

LiveMint logoLiveMint 20-05-2014 PTI

London: More than seven lakh newborn babies die in India every year, the highest number of such deaths globally, a new study has claimed.

Each year 5.5 million babies enter and leave the world without being recorded and one in three newborns — over 45 million babies — do not have a birth certificate by their first birthday, according to new research co-led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Half of the newborn deaths worldwide occur in just five countries: India (779,000), Nigeria (276,000), Pakistan (202,400), China (157,000), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (118,000), although global and national figures conceal huge variations within and between different countries.

In 2012, eight of nine countries with neonatal death rates greater than 40 for every 1,000 live births were in sub-Saharan Africa; half of these countries were affected by conflict.

The findings, from the new Every Newborn Series, published in The Lancet, provide the clearest picture to date of a newborn’.

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