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Japan the safest place to give birth: UNICEF

New report calls for universal health coverage to lower infant mortality

Japan's newborns had the lowest mortality among the 184 countries ranked by UNICEF.

UNITED NATIONS -- Japan shines as the world's safest country for having a baby in a new UNICEF report that cites universal access to quality health care as a contributing factor to low newborn mortality rates.

The equivalent of 1 in 1,111 newborns in Japan died during their first 28 days in 2016, estimates the report covering 184 countries. In Pakistan, the least safe place to give birth, 46 out of 1,000 babies did not make it past the first month -- the equivalent of 1 in 22.

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