Almost 60,000 babies are expected to be born in India January 1, while the global estimate stands at 3.7 lakhs for today, as per the UNICEF. For the estimates, UNICEF used important registration and nationally representative household survey data to evaluate the monthly and daily fractions of births in countries.
The UNICEF used the annual live births numbers and period life expectancy from the recent revision of the UN’s World Population Prospects (2019) to estimate the babies born on 1 January 2021 and their life expectancy.
Almost half of these births are estimated to take place in 10 countries with India (59,995) leading the way.
‘Anticipating and addressing the potential impact of the pandemic is crucial if we are to prevent a roll back of gains made in saving the lives of children. As we do so, we must also think long term, to build back a better world when the crisis finally recedes. The pandemic has shown us the need for systems and policies to be in place to protect people all the time, not just in the event of a crisis. Under its Reimagine campaign, UNICEF appeals to governments, private sector entities, donors and all partners to join hands and lay the groundwork for building back better, to assure every child’s right to survive and thrive is protected and promoted at all times.’ said Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, , UNICEF India Country Representative.