Over 8.8 lakh deaths — India on top in UNICEF report on under-5 child mortality in 2018

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New Delhi: In 2018, India reported the highest number of deaths of children aged below 5 years, a UNICEF report released Wednesday said.

India reported 8,82,000 child deaths, followed by Nigeria with 8,66,000 deaths and Pakistan with 4,09,000. However, the report said, the median under-five mortality rate per 1,000 live births in India is 37, while the figure is 120 for Nigeria and 69 for Pakistan.

Titled ‘The State of the World’s Children (SOWC)’, the report also stated that around 38 per cent Indian children under the age of five years suffer from stunting. There is also a state-wise disparity as “almost half of children are stunted in the worst-affected state compared with a fifth in the least-affected state”.

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