In Summary
  • Almost 58 per cent of the births in eastern and southern Africa would take place in five countries -- Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Angola, the report said.

DAR ES SALAAM

Approximately 48,000 babies will be born in the eastern and southern Africa region on New Year’s Day, Unicef has said in its Levels & Trends in Child Mortality 2017 Report.

More than 4,000 of them would be born in Kenya, the report estimates.

BIRTHS

The UN report also revealed that babies born in the region would account for 12 per cent of the estimated 386,000 babies to be born globally on New Year’s Day.

Almost 58 per cent of the births in eastern and southern Africa would take place in five countries within the region, with the largest number of births on New Year’s Day projected for Ethiopia with 9,023, Tanzania (5,995), Uganda (4,953), Kenya (4,237) and Angola (3,417), the report said.

It also noted a marked progress in child survival that saw the number of children worldwide who died before their fifth birthday halved to 5.6 million in 2016.

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