Health Desk-- 26 June, 2018: A child’s risk of dying is the highest in the first 28 days of life while improving the quality of antenatal care at the time of birth and postnatal care for mothers and their newborns are very essential to prevent these untimely demise. Globally, 2.6 million children died in the first month of life in 2016.
World Health Organization (WHO) in a report said there are approximately 7,000 newborn deaths every day, amounting to 46 per cent of all child deaths under the age of 5-years.
The priority that most low-income countries give to neonatal mortality, now constitutes more than 40 per cent of deaths to children younger than 5 years, is a stumbling block to the world achieving the child survival Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Bangladesh is an exception to this attention proving itself able enough to bring down the rate of infant mortality.
In Bangladesh, the infant mortality rate went down by 73 per cent in the past 2.5 decades, according to a UNICEF report. During this period, the world has made a significant progress in saving the young children’s lives. Bangladesh has experienced a significant reduction of child mortality over this period, which has helped achieve the Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG 4) target.
According to WHO, Bangladesh has registered a substantive acceleration, experiencing a remarkable change in child mortality rates over the last few decades. Although, WHO says, child mortality rate is decreasing over time, Bangladesh has to further reduce child’s death to obtain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).