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India has highest number of stillbirths

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    13th Oct, 2020
  • Report: A neglected tragedy: The global burden of stillbirths 2020.
  • Released by: UN Inter-agency group for child mortality estimation.
  • Stillbirth: It means a baby born with no signs of life at 28 weeks of pregnancy or more.
  • Report aims topresent the number of babies that are stillborn every year due to pregnancy and birth-related complications, the absence of health workers and basic services.
  • One stillbirth occurs every 16 seconds which means that about 2 million babies are stillborn every year.
  • Around 0.34 million of the 1.9 million stillbirths globally in 2019 were in India making it the country with the largest such burden.
  • India along with five other countries — Pakistan, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China and Ethiopia — accounted for nearly half of all stillbirths in the world.

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