Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Three quarters of neonatal deaths go unreported in Viet Nam

The number of babies in Viet Nam that die within the first 28 days is four times higher than official figures, Reuters reported Thursday, citing a study published in the latest issue of the journal BMC International Health and Human Rights.

Most families are responsible for registering newborns within 30 days of birth, while those in remote areas must do so within the first 60 days. According to the report, many parents do not see an urgent need to register and those living in remote areas like the Central Highlands do not have easy access to registrars.

Without proper statistics, Viet Nam could be missing out on international aid that is geared towards improving child survival rates.

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