Africa Is The Most Dangerous Place To Be Born – UNICEF

Must Read

How The Mokomokai Heads Of The Maori Tribesmen Became Valuable Trade Items During The 19th Century

The brain and eyes were removed from the severed heads, with all orifices sealed with flax fibre and gum....

African Tribe: The Daasanach People of Eastern Africa

The Daasanach are a semi-nomadic tribe numbering approximately 50,000 whose clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. The Daasanach...

Mali Swears In Bah Ndaw As New Civilian Leader

Mali's new president Bah Ndaw has been sworn into office, five weeks after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. Former...



A report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) indicates that African countries have the world’s highest incidence of newborn mortalities.

The report posited that, “Eight of the 10 most dangerous places (where babies are) to be born are in sub -Saharan Africa, where pregnant women are much less likely to receive assistance during delivery due to poverty, conflict and weak institutions.

Upto one million babies die the day they are born, while 2.6 million newborns around the world do not survive their first month of life and a large percent of this deaths occur in Africa.

The report also noted that global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries.

Infant Mortality In Africa

The New UNICEF report on New born mortality revealed that the African continent is the most dangerous place on earth to be born.

Worldwide, on average 27 out of 1,000 newborn babies die – but in the Central African Republic, for example, the figure is 42.3 in 1,000.

More : 12 Disturbing Facts About Child Marriage In Africa

UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said the tragedy is that most of the newborn deaths can be prevented.
“The number of deaths of children under five has halved in the past quarter of a century, but clearly we are failing babies in the world’s poorest countries,” Fore said.

According to the report, Pakistan has the worst newborn fatality rate in the world, losing 42.6 infants per 1,000, but the next 8 countries on the list are all in Africa.

Related:   African Tribe: The Daasanach People of Eastern Africa

Nigeria also was ranked among countries with the highest newborn deaths according to current rankings by UNICEF and even though the situation is improving progress is still very slow.

More: Child Mortality In Africa: Top 10 Key Facts and Figures

With the newborn mortality rate of 34.1 new born mortality rate per 1,000 births, the global estimates rank Nigeria as the 11th highest on newborn deaths.

Country Rank Mortality rate (per 1000)
Pakistan 1 45.6
Central African Rep 2 42.3
Afghanistan 3 40
Somalia 4 38.8
Lesotho 5 38.5
Guinea Bissau 6 38.2
South Sudan 7 37.9
Ivory coast 8 36.6
Mali 9 35.7
Chad 10 35.1



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

Subscribe to receive email updates

With a subscription profile, you automatically receive updates without having to return to the website and check for changes

Just In

How The Mokomokai Heads Of The Maori Tribesmen Became Valuable Trade Items During The 19th Century

The brain and eyes were removed from the severed heads, with all orifices sealed with flax fibre and gum....

African Tribe: The Daasanach People of Eastern Africa

The Daasanach are a semi-nomadic tribe numbering approximately 50,000 whose clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. The Daasanach are a primarily agropastoral people;...

Mali Swears In Bah Ndaw As New Civilian Leader

Mali's new president Bah Ndaw has been sworn into office, five weeks after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. Former Defence Minister Bah Ndaw, 70,...

Troublesome South African Baboon Evicted For Organizing Gang To Raid Homes

Kataza is an urban baboon who was captured and put in a local prison for organizing a band of baboons to join him in raiding 15 homes in Kommetjie, on Cape Town's southern peninsula in South Africa.

A Leading University In China Now Teaches Ethiopia’s Amharic Language As A Full Course

A leading university in China — Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) — has started to offer Ethiopia's widely spoken Amharic language as a full...

More Articles Like This