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Neonatal Deaths

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The highest absolute number of babies die in their first month after birth in India, followed by Nigeria, Pakistan and the DR Congo. Turkey is the first European country on place 43, the other countries are all from Sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia.

The WHO defines neonatal death as a death during the first 28 days of life (0-27 days).  It is also target 3.1 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1000 live births. 

According to the WHO, The first 28 days of life – the neonatal period – represent the most vulnerable time for a child’s survival. In 2016, 2.6 million deaths, or roughly 46% of all under-five deaths, occur during this period. This translates to 7000 newborn deaths every day. The majority of the neonatal deaths are concentrated in the first day and week, with about 1 million dying on the first day and close to one million dying within the next six days. Reducing neonatal mortality is increasingly important not only because the proportions of under-five deaths that occur during the neonatal period is increasing as under-five mortality declines but also because the health interventions needed to address the major causes of neonatal deaths generally differ from those needed to address other under-five deaths. On current trends, more than 60 countries will miss the SDG target of reducing neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 deaths per 1000 live births by 2030. About half of them will not reach the target by 2050. These countries carry about 80 per cent of the burden of neonatal deaths in 2016.



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Technical Notes

This map shows the proportion of all who died in their first month of life in 2015. 

Data sources
This map uses data by Global Burden of Disease  (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

All modification to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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