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World's highest newborn mortality rate seen in Pakistan: UNICEF

AFP

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan suffers from the world's highest newborn mortality rate, according to a report that the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) released Tuesday (February 20), reported AFP.

One in every 22 babies in Pakistan die within a month in Pakistan, according to the report. Meanwhile, in Japan, which has the lowest newborn mortality rate, a baby has only a one-in-1,111 chance of dying so soon.

The world's poorest countries, mostly in Africa, still see a 50-fold higher risk of death for newborns than do the richest countries, according to the report.

Although older children have seen great progress in health during the last quarter-century, "we have not made similar progress in ending deaths among children less than one month old," said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF's executive director.

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