Nearly 30,000 children will be born in Latin America and the Caribbean on New Year's Day, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported today.
Babies in the region will represent about 7.3 percent of the approximately 395,072 babies born on the day that marks the arrival of the new year globally, according to data released today by the regional office of UNICEF in Panama.
Unicef said that when the clock reaches midnight, Brazil will receive some 7,850 babies, followed by Guyana with 45, Argentina with 1,919, Haiti with 737, Colombia with 2,045, Panama with 207 and Mexico with 6,217.
"All over the world, on January 1, families will receive innumerable Lorenzos and Isabellas, Helenas and Mateos, but in many countries, many babies will not even receive a name because they will not live beyond their first day," the agency said. United Nations.
He recalled in that sense that in 2017, in the region, "around 103,000 babies died in their first month of life."
He explained that among those children the majority died of preventable causes, such as premature birth, complications in childbirth and infections such as sepsis and pneumonia, "which constitutes a violation of their basic right to survival."
Ralph Middy, UNICEF regional specialist in Maternal and Child Health, said that "the risk of dying during the first 28 days of life, in the poorest countries of the region, is 2.5 times higher than in the richest countries" .
"This New Year's Day, let's make the resolution to realize all the rights of all children, starting with the right to survive and thrive." We can save millions of babies by reducing the socioeconomic factors associated with mortality, since Poverty affects both the context in which a child is born and the quality of care during delivery, "Middy added.
Babies who die in the first month account for 47 percent of all deaths of children under the age of five, according to Unicef.
Therefore, Unicef said that its campaign "Every Life Account" calls for an "immediate investment in order to provide affordable and quality health care solutions to all mothers and all newborns."
I detail that solutions include the constant supply of drinking water and electricity in health centers, the presence of qualified health personnel during delivery.
Also the availability of ample stock of supplies and medicines to prevent and treat complications during pregnancy, childbirth and delivery, and the empowerment of adolescent girls and women so that they can demand higher quality health services.
As the calendar approaches 2019, Unicef "urges countries to respect the right of all newborns to health and survival," according to the report.