Newborn Mortality: India 12th Worst Among Low-Income Nations
According to a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report that gives rankings of countries based on their newborn mortality rate (the number of deaths per 1,000 live births), India ranks 12th from the bottom among 52 low-middle income countries. This is based on the number of children dying within the first month of their birth, which is 25.4 per 1,000 live births.
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- Pakistan is the worst with 45.6 newborn deaths per 1,000 live births.
- Japan, with an NMR of 0.9 deaths per 1,000 live births, ranks as the world’s safest country for birth. It is followed by Iceland (1) and Singapore (1.1).
- The US’s NMR stands at 3.7, which is only slightly better than lower-middle income countries like Sri Lanka and Ukraine. It ranks 15 among high-income countries.