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Last update: Jan 2009

Low birthweight incidence by country (2000-2007)

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Country Year % of low birthweight infants Source
Afghanistan
Albania20057MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Algeria20066MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Andorra
Angola200012MICS 2000, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2003.
Antigua and Barbuda20055Health Situation in the Americas, Basic Indicators 2006, PAHO/WHO
Argentina20067Estadísticas Vitales Información Básica 2006, Ministerio de Salud.
Armenia20058DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2007
Australia20007Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2000.
Austria20017European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Azerbaijan200112Reproductive Health Survey 2001, as cited in Eastern Europe and Eurasia: A Comparative Report 2003.
Bahamas1990-997Health Situation in the Americas: Basic Indicators 2001, PAHO.
Bahrain19998Health Statistics 1999, Ministry of Health.
Bangladesh200622MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Barbados200614Health Situation in the Americas, Basic Indicators 2007, PAHO/WHO
Belarus20054MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Belgium19978European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Belize20068MICS 2006, Final report, Table NU.7, p. 60
Benin200615DHS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008
Bhutan199915Health Situation in the South-East Asia Region 1998-2000, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia.
Bolivia20037DHS 2003, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, May 2005.
Bosnia Herzegovina2005-065MICS 2005-06, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Botswana200010MICS 2000, Final Report, Table 16.
Brazil20058Ministry of Health, Pacto de Atenção Básica 2006
Brunei Darussalam199910Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Bulgaria200110Country Statistical Office as cited in Social Monitor 2003, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.
Burkina Faso200616MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Burundi200511Rapport de l'Enquête Nationale de Nutrition de la Population , ISTEEBU 2005. Table 22, p. 35
Cambodia200514DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008
Cameroon200611MICS 2006, Final report, Table NU.8, p.139
Canada20006Statistics Canada, 2000.
Cape Verde199813Inquerito Demografico e de Saude Reprodutiva 1998, Final Report, Centers for Disease Control, p. 152.
Central African Republic200613MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Chad200422DHS 2004, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2006.
Chile20056Ministerio de Salud. Departamento de Estadísticas de Salud. Annexo Salud1
China20052NBS, Social Progress in China-2006, p. 32
Colombia20009DHS 2000, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2003
Comoros200025MICS 2000, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2003.
Congo200513DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2007
Congo, Democratic Republic of the200012MICS 2000, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2003.
Cook Islands20003Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Costa Rica20057Departamento de Estadisticas de Servicios de Salud, 2005.
Cote d'Ivoire200617MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Croatia20055UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, Transmonee 2007 Features Dana and Analysis on the lives of children in CEE/CIS and Baltic States, Table 2.7, p. 35
Cuba20075Obstetrics and Neonatology Statistical System 2007, National Health Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Public Helath;
Cyprus
Czech Republic20017Country Statistical Office as cited in Social Monitor 2003, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.
Denmark20015European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Djibouti200610MICS 2006, Final report, Table C.III.6, p. 59
Dominica20069Health Situation in the Americas, Basic Indicators 2007, PAHO/WHO
Dominican Republic200211DHS 2002, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2004.
Ecuador199916Encuesta Demografica y de Salud Materna e Infantil, Informe General, Centers for Disease Control, p. 181.
Egypt200514DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2007
El Salvador2002-037National Family Health Survey 2002-03, Final Report, Table 11.36, p. 311.
Equatorial Guinea200013MICS 2000, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2003.
Eritrea200214DHS 2002, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2006.
Estonia20014Country Statistical Office as cited in Social Monitor 2003, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.
Ethiopia200520DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2007
Fiji199810Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Finland20014European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
France19987European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Gabon200014DHS 2000, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2003.
Gambia200620MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Georgia20055MICS 2005, Draft Final Report, Table NU 7, p. 13
Germany19997European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Ghana20069MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Greece19998European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Grenada20059Health Situation in the Americas, Basic Indicators 2006, PAHO/WHO
Guatemala200212Materno Infantil 2002, Encuesta Nacional de Salud, Table 7.8A, p. 152.
Guinea200512DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2007
Guinea Bissau200624MICS 2006, Final report, Table NU.8, p. 118
Guyana200619MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2008
Haiti200525DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2007
Holy See
Honduras200610DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2007
Hungary20019Country Statistical Office as cited in Social Monitor 2003, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.
Iceland20014European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
India2005-0628NFHS 2005 - 06, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008
Indonesia20029DHS 2002-03, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2004.
Iran (Islamic Republic of)19957National Report on Follow-up to the World Summit for Children 2000, Ministry of Public Health.
Iraq200615MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Ireland19996European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Israel20018European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Italy19986European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Jamaica200512MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Japan20008Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Jordan200212DHS 2002, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2006.
Kazakhstan20066MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Kenya200310DHS 2003, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, May 2005.
Kiribati19985Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of20027Nutrition Assessment 2000, p. 24.
Korea, Republic of20004Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, National Statistical Office and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Kuwait1997-987Ministry of Health, 1997-98.
Kyrgystan20065MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Lao People's Democratic Republic200611MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, July 2008
Latvia20015Country Statistical Office as cited in Social Monitor 2003, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.
Lebanon20006National Report on Follow-up to the World Summit for Children 2000, Ministry of Public Health; UNICEF Survey on Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality, 2000.
Lesotho200413DHS 2004, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2006.
Liberia
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya19957Arab Libyan Maternal and Child Survey 1995, p. 133.
Liechtenstein
Lithuania20014Country Statistical Office as cited in Social Monitor 2003, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.
Luxembourg20008European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia20056MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Madagascar2003-0417DHS 2003-04, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2005.
Malawi200614MICS 2006, Final report, Table 6.13a, p. 76
Malaysia20029Health Facts 2003, Preliminary Report, Ministry of Health.
Maldives200122MICS 2001, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2003.
Mali200619DHS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008
Malta20016European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Marshall Islands199912Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Mauritania200734MICS 2007, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ July 2008
Mauritius200314Health Statistics Annual Report 2004, Ministry of Health, p. VIII.
Mexico20058Secretaría de Salud, DGIS, Sistema de Información en Salud (SIS), 2005.
Micronesia (Federated States of)200018Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Moldova20056DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2007
Monaco
Mongolia20056MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Montenegro20054MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Morocco200315DHS 2003, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2006.
Mozambique200315DHS 2003, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, August 2005.
Myanmar200015Health Situation in the South-East Asia Region 1998-2000, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia.
Namibia200014DHS 2000, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2004.
Nauru
Nepal200621DHS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008
Netherlands
New Zealand20006Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Nicaragua200112DHS 2001, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2004.
Niger200627DHS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008
Nigeria200314DHS 2003, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2004.
Niue20000Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Norway20005European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Occupied Palestinian Territory20067Palestinian Family Health Survey 2006. Preliminary Report. Table 16, p48
Oman20069Ministry of Health, Annual Health Report 2006, Table 8-1
Pakistan199119DHS 1991, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2003.
Palau19989Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Panama200310Conoría General de la República, Dirección de Estadística y Censo, Sección de Estadísticas Vitales 2003.
Papua New Guinea199611DHS 1996, National Report.
Paraguay20049Reproductive Health Survey 2004, Final Report, Table 9.1.
Peru2004-0610DHS 2004-06, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008
Philippines200320DHS 2003, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, May 2005.
Poland20016Country Statistical Office as cited in Social Monitor 2003, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.
Portugal20018European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Qatar199910National Report on Follow-up to the World Summit for Children 2000, Ministry of Public Health.
Romania20048Reproductive Health Survey 2004, Figure 6.2.2, p. 44
Russian Federation20066Rosstat, Social situation and living standards of population in Russia 2007, Table 10-13
Rwanda20056DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2007
Saint Kitts and Nevis20049Health Situation in the Americas, Basic Indicators 2006, PAHO/WHO
Saint Lucia200611Health Situation in the Americas, Basic Indicators 2007, PAHO/WHO
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines20068Health Situation in the Americas, Basic Indicators 2007, PAHO/WHO
Samoa19974Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe20068MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Saudi Arabia199611Saudi Arabia Family Health Survey 1996, Section 11.3.4, p. 162.
Senegal200519DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2007
Serbia20055MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Seychelles
Sierra Leone200524MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Singapore20008Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Slovakia20017Country Statistical Office as cited in Social Monitor 2003, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.
Slovenia20016Country Statistical Office as cited in Social Monitor 2003, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence.
Solomon Islands199613Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Somalia
South Africa199815DHS 1998, Final Report, p. 117.
Spain19976European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Sri Lanka200022DHS 2000, National Report.
Sudan199931MICS 2000, citing Safe Motherhood Survey 1999, Table 20A.
Suriname200611MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, July 2008
Swaziland2006-079DHS 2006-07, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008
Sweden19994European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Switzerland19996European Health for All Database, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Syria20069MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Tajikistan200510MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Tanzania, United Republic of2004-0510DHS 2004-05, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2006.
Thailand2005-069MICS 2005-06, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Timor-Leste200312DHS 2003, Final Report (National Report), Table 10.10, p. 155.
Togo200612MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Tonga20023WHO 2005 "Western Pacific country Health Information Profile"
Trinidad and Tobago200619MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Tunisia20007MICS 2000, Table 9.10.
Turkey199816DHS 1998, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2003.
Turkmenistan20064MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Tuvalu20005Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, Ministry of Health and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Uganda200614DHS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008
Ukraine20054MICS 2005, Draft Final Report, Table NU 8
United Arab Emirates199515Gulf Child Health Survey 1995.
United Kingdom20008National Report on Follow-up to the World Summit for Children, 2000.
United States20028National Vital Statistics Report 2002, NCHS, Volume 51.
Uruguay20028Health Situation in the Americas: Basic Indicators 2001, PAHO.
Uzbekistan20065MICS 2006, Final report, Table 13, p. 84
Vanuatu20016Country Health Information Profiles, 2002 Revision, National Statistical Office and WHO/Western Pacific Region.
Venezuela20069Ministerio de Planificación y Desarrollo (MPD), Sistema Integrado de Indicadores Sociales para Venezuela, 2008.
Vietnam20067MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Yemen199732DHS 1997, Final Report, p. 119.
Zambia200212DHS 2001-02, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2004.
Zimbabwe2005-0611DHS 2005 - 06, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008


Region % of low birthweight infants
Sub-Saharan Africa15
Eastern and Southern Africa14
West and Central Africa15
Middle East and North Africa12
South Asia27
East Asia and Pacific6
Latin America and Caribbean9
CEE/CIS6
Industrialized countries7
Developing countries15
Least developed countries17
World14