"For most children in the developing world, the most dangerous day of their lives is their birthday.
Of more than 10 million children under the age of 5 who die each year, about 1 in 5—an estimated 2 million babies—die within the first 24 hours of life, according to the seventh annual State of the World’s Mothers report issued today by Save the Children, a global independent humanitarian organization. According to the report, an additional 1 million babies die during days 2 through 7. A total of 4 million babies die during the first month of life."
The Save the Children Report, out today, is an indictment of countries around the world - able to give aid to prevent this appalling loss of life - especially when one has regard to this:
"Low-cost interventions such as immunizing women against tetanus and providing a skilled attendant at birth could reduce newborn deaths by as much as 70 percent if provided universally.”
Read details of the Report on the Save the Children web site here.