2M Stillbirths Occur Each Year, Most In Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia, U.N. Report Shows

AP: 2 million stillbirths every year, pandemic might worsen toll
“The World Health Organization, UNICEF, and partners said there are about 2 million stillbirths every year, mostly in the developing world, according to the first-ever global estimates published Thursday. The U.N. health agency said that last year three of every four stillbirths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa or Southern Asia. It defined a stillbirth as a baby born with no signs of life at 28 weeks of pregnancy or later…” (10/7).

U.N. News: Stillbirths: An unnecessary, unspeakable tragedy — U.N. report
“A stillborn baby is delivered every 16 seconds, which translates into nearly two million infants over the course of a year that never took their first breath, according to a new U.N. report published on Thursday. A Neglected Tragedy: The Global Burden of Stillbirths, released by the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, and the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), reveals that 84 percent of these grievous episodes occur in low- and lower-middle-income countries…” (10/8).

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