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There is a high risk that the COVID-19 pandemic may reverse decades-long progress on reducing child mortality and affect the number of stillbirths. This new release of the first-ever joint stillbirth estimates by the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME) presents the number of babies that are stillborn every year due to pregnancy and birth-related complications, the absence of health workers and basic services. The issue has become an essential part of global child survival initiatives. UNICEF calls on international organizations, governments and partners for increased and strong political will, sound policies and targeted investment along the continuum of care for every mother and child.
There have been dramatic reductions in child and youth mortality over the last 29 years. Globally, under-five mortality has dropped by 59% since 1990—from 93 deaths per 1,000 live births then to 38 deaths in 2019. Initial evidence suggests that the impact of COVID-19 on direct mortality for children and youth may be small, but indirect effects can be severe. Many life-saving services have already been disrupted by COVID-19.
Kayla M. Joyce; Emily Cameron; Julia Sulymka (et al.)
Caitlin S. McRae McRae; Annette M. E. Henderson; Rachel S. T. Low (et al.)
Mohammed A. Mamun; A.K.M. Israfil Bhuiyan; Md. Dilshad Manzar
Deniz Ertan; Wissam El-Hage; Sarah Thierrée (et al.)
Adan Silverio-Murillo; Jose Roberto Balmori de la Miyar; Lauren Hoehn-Velasco
Kim S. Golding
Monica Lawson; Megan H. Piel; Michaela Simon
Eli Rapoport; Hailey Reisert; Emily Schoeman (et al.)
Birgit Jentsch; Brigitte Schnock
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