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India has world’s highest number of stillbirths

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i457 (Published 25 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i457
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

India had the highest number of stillbirths and neonatal deaths in the world in 2015, says a study in the Lancet.1

Last year there were an estimated 592 100 stillbirths and 695 900 neonatal deaths in India. Nigeria had the second highest number of stillbirths, with 313 700, and third was Pakistan (242 600). Pakistan had the second highest number of neonatal deaths (244 700), followed by Nigeria (240 100).

Researchers looked at the number of stillbirths per 1000 births in 157 countries and found that nearly 2.6 million babies around the globe died in …

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