67,000+ babies born in India on January 1
According to UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund), a United Nations Agency, a total of 67,385 babies were born in India on 1st January 2020. The beginning of the New Year was marked with 400,000 babies being born worldwide. Out of this, India saw the largest number of births, followed by China with 46,299 births. Other countries that mostly made up the 400,000 counts were Nigeria (26,039), Pakistan (16,787), Indonesia (13,020), United States of America (10,452), Democratic Republic of Congo (10,247) and Ethiopia (8,493).
Fiji delivered the first baby of 2020 according to UNICEF and the US delivered the last baby for the first day of the New Year.
The birth of babies on New Year’s Day is considered auspicious and is celebrated by UNICEF every year.
UNICEF also highlighted how the number of deaths of newborns is at a high and alarming stage. It called upon the member countries to take initiatives to ensure that the numbers of newborn deaths are reduced and every child gets to grow up with the right set of resources.
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Improvement in the health sector, training, sanitation, better nutrition to both mothers and babies are a few of the steps that can be taken to ensure a safer environment for these newborns.
UNICEF, a UN body that was established in 1946 focuses mainly on the needs of children and women in developing countries.
Headquartered in New York, the main thrust of the organization has been to ensure that children all around the globe get the opportunity to grow in a safe and inclusive environment. Issues like education of the child, helping children in emergencies, gender equality, children in war-torn areas, etc are major programs of the organization. They work in a total of 190 countries to ensure that the child is provided with the best future and grows in a secure place.
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