770 babies will be born in Pacific Islands
January 1, 2018 4:31 am
According to UNICEF, about 770 babies will be born in the Pacific Islands on New Year’s Day.
It is estimated 385,793 babies will be born globally today.
In the Pacific, estimated births on New Year’s Day include 47 babies in Fiji, 620 in Papua New Guinea, 13 in Samoa, 7 in Tonga and 47 in the Solomon Islands.
UNICEF says many babies will survive while some will not make it past their first day.
In 2016, an estimated 2,600 children died within the first 24 hours every day of the year.
UNICEF Pacific Representative Sheldon Yett says their New Year’s resolution is to help give every child more than an hour, more than a day, more than a month, more than a survival.
Yett says they are now entering the era when all the world’s newborns should have the opportunity to see the 22nd Century.
She adds unfortunately, nearly half of the children born this year likely won’t.