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Pakistan has highest stillbirth rate, India with highest numbers: Lancet Report

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Study published by The Lancet on Tuesday said that Pakistan has the highest rate of stillbirths in previous year 2015 while India had highest stillbirth numbers.

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The lancet, international weekly medical journal, said, Pakistan has 43.1 stillbirths per 1000 births, worse than African countries like Somalia, Nigeria, Togo and Chad.

India had highest stillbirth in 2015 with 592,000, leaving China, Pakitan and Nigeria behind, report revealed.

Figure given by the report on average rate of stillbirths around world is 18.4 deaths for every 1,000 total births.

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Given the slow rate of improvement, “over 160 years will pass before the average pregnant woman in sub-Saharan Africa has the same chance of her baby being born alive as does a woman nowadays in a high-income country,” the report said.

“But the truly horrific figure is 1.3 million” stillbirths that occur during delivery, The Lancet editors Richard Horton and Udani Samarasekera commented in report.

 

Term stillbirth:

According to oxford dictionary, the birth of an infant that has died in the womb  ( strictly, after having survived through at least first 28 weeks of pregnancy, earlier being as abortion or miscarriage).

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