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

    1. Cornelia, i haven’t check the percentage.its a report for both the sexes.But i am sure girls percentage must be higher. If you wish to see the detailed news, click the link given below as- News in detail


      1. Rekha, thank you for responding, I am sure the rate for girls is way high, and I am sure that most of the girls deaths are not even reported. I have finished a book,
        ” Secret daughter”, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, the story of woman in rural India, who was able to save her second daughter from being killed after birth, by taking her on a grueling trip to an orphanage, without telling her husband.

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      2. Cornelia, i am mother of two daughters and no son by my own choice. recently i lost my husband in an accident and faced many odd and difficult situations. As, now mine is a all women home.
        thanks for sharing about Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s book.


      3. Rekha, I am so sorry to hear that you had lost your husband recently, please accept my condolences. I hope you will overcome these hard times and will be able to manage your life as you can live without suffering and in eventually in comfort. Interesting to hear that you had no son by your choice.Thank you for sharing with me and be well.

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      4. Thanks Cornelia. it’s very painful dear. It was sudden. The accident took place when I was away. He was continually asking for me but I couldn’t make it on time. It hurts a lot.


      5. Dearest Rekha, literally my heart goes out to you. I would have so many more questions to you, but really don’t want to extend this here on this page. If you like we can exchange emails, but I don’t mean to bother you. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible pain. I send you all my love for now and “Minds together” from Cornelia

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