By Spy Uganda
Kampala: According to UNICEF, nine months ago over a thousand hardworking stingy men served their purposes successfully and are expecting their fruits today as an estimation of 3,636 babies are set to be born in Uganda on New Year’s Day.
This is a 7.26 percent decrease from 2020 when an estimated 3,900 were born the first day of the year.
Globally, over half of the babies born on 1 January are estimated to take place in 10 countries: India (59,995), China (35,615), Nigeria (21,439), Pakistan (14,161), Indonesia (12,336), Ethiopia (12,006), the United States (10,312), Egypt (9,455), Bangladesh (9,236), and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (8,640).
Ugandan babies will account for 0.9 percent of the estimated 371,504 babies to be born on New Year’s Day. Their average life expectancy is 74.4 years.
“The past year has been difficult for all of us, and there is perhaps a no better way to turn the page than to welcome new young lives into the world,” said Laura Siegrist Fouché, the interim UNICEF Representative in Uganda. “With the challenges of 2020 behind us and the opportunities of 2021 before us, now is the time to begin the task of building a better world, starting today.”
The year 2021 marks the 75th anniversary of UNICEF’s founding. Over the course of the year, UNICEF and its partners will be commemorating the anniversary with events and announcements celebrating three-quarters of a century of protecting children from conflict, disease, while exclusion, and championing their right to survival, health, and education.
Today, as the world faces unprecedented challenges caused by rising poverty and inequality—both made worse by the pandemic and economic slowdown—UNICEF’s work is needed now more than ever.
“There is no more appropriate year than this—the year of UNICEF’s 75th anniversary—to renew our commitment to each other, and to the young lives who will inherit the world we leave,” said Ms. Fouché. “2021 will be a critical year for children, but UNICEF’s three-quarters of a century of delivering results for children around the world are a testament to what we can accomplish together.”