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19 babies to be born in Vanuatu on New Year’s Day

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About 770 babies will be born in the Pacific Islands on New Year’s Day, UNICEF has announced. Worldwide, it is estimated 385,793 babies will be born globally on New Year’s Day.

In Vanuatu, 19 babies are expected to be born on New Year’s Day, UNICEF says.

In the Pacific overall, estimated births on New Year’s Day include: Fiji – 47, Federated States of Micronesia – 7, Kiribati – 9, Papua New Guinea – 620, Samoa – 13, Solomon Islands – 47 and Tonga – 7.

“This New Year, UNICEF’s resolution is to help give every child more than an hour, more than a day, more than a month – more than survival,” UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett. “We call on governments and partners to join the fight to save millions of children’s lives by providing proven, low-cost solutions.”

“We are now entering the era when all the world’s newborns should have the opportunity to see the 22nd Century,” UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett, said. “Unfortunately, nearly half of the children born this year likely won’t. A child born in Australia in January 2018 is most likely to live to 2101, and in New Zealand to 2100, while a child from Kiribati would be unlikely to live beyond 2075.”