Africa the ‘most dangerous’ place to be born - report

The United Nations Children’s Fund says global infant deaths remain alarmingly high, especially in the lower-income countries.

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PRETORIA – Africa is the most dangerous place on earth to be born, according to a new report.

A Unicef report puts eight African countries on the list of 10 nations with highest incidence of newborn mortalities.

The United Nations Children’s Fund says global infant deaths remain alarmingly high, especially in the lower-income countries.

Worldwide, 27 out of 1,000 new born babies die.

In the Central African Republic, that figure is one in 22.

That compares with one in 1,111 in Japan which has the lowest infant mortality rate.

Unicef executive director Henrietta Fore says the tragedy is that most of the newborn deaths can be prevented.

The number of deaths of children under five has halved in the last quarter of a century, but clearly, we are failing babies in the world’s poorest countries.

Countries with the highest newborn mortality rates according to Unicef report:

Pakistan - 45.6
Central African Republic - 42.3
Afghanistan - 40
Somalia - 38.8
Lesotho - 38.5
Guinea-Bissau - 38.2
South Sudan - 37.9
Ivory Coast - 36.6
Mali - 35.7
Chad - 35.1

South Africa - 12.4