India tops world table for number of babies who die on day of birth

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 15 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3123
  1. Soumyadeep Bhaumik
  1. 1Kolkata

More babies die in India on the day that they are born than in any other country in the world, says the 14th annual State of the World’s Mothers report from the charity Save the Children.1

The report found that 29% of babies who died on the day of their birth were born in India and that the next highest numbers were in Nigeria, Pakistan, and China.

The annual report assesses the health status of women and newborns and children’s life chances in 176 countries by looking at five indicators: lifetime risk of maternal death, death rate in the under 5s, expected years of formal schooling, gross national income per capita, and participation of …

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