Most neonatal deaths can be prevented: UNICEF

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Children in the Asia-Pacific region now have a much better chance of surviving the first year of life. UN Photo/Kibae Park

Despite dramatic progress on child survival, one million babies die the day they are born from mostly preventable causes, according to the UN's Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Data from a new report released on Tuesday by UNICEF show that the first 28 days of a newborn's life are the most vulnerable with almost 2.8 million babies dying each year during this period.

Many of these deaths could be prevented with simple, cost-effective measures.

Stephanie Coutrix met with Dr Tessa Wardlaw, the Chief of Data and Analytics at UNICEF,  to highlight the new analysis on child mortality throughout the world.

Duration: 4'20"

 

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