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Low birthweight

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Country Year Low birthweight (%) Source
Afghanistan
Albania20057MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Algeria20066MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Andorra
Angola200012MICS 2000, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2003
Antigua and Barbuda2005-20085PAHO, Health Situation in the Americas: Basic indicators 2009
Argentina20107ARG_Ministerio de Salud de la Nación._2010
Armenia20077Health and Health Care Armenia 2007
Australia20007Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2000.
Austria20017WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Azerbaijan200610DHS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, March 2009
Bahamas2005-200811PAHO, Health Situation in the Americas: Basic indicators 2009
Bahrain19998Health Statistics 1999, Manama, Bahrain
Bangladesh200622MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Barbados2005-200812PAHO, Health Situation in the Americas: Basic indicators 2009
Belarus20054MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Belgium19978WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Belize200814MOH 2008
Benin200615DHS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008
Bhutan201010MICS 2010, Final report, Table NU.7,
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)20086DHS 2008, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, Aug 2010
Bosnia and Herzegovina2005-20065MICS 2005-06, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Botswana200713Family Health Survey 2007, Final report, Table 8.2, p. 61
Brazil20108Ministry of Health - Sistema de Nascidos Vivos (SINASC)
Brunei Darussalam199910WHO/Office of the Western Pacific Region. Country Health Information Profiles 2002 Revision (MOH)
Bulgaria20119BGR_NSI Demography indicators_2011
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
Cambodia201011DHS 2010, Reanalyzed for HQ to adjust for heaping.
Cameroon200611MICS 2006, Final report, Table NU.8, p. 134
Canada20006Statistics Canada web site
Cape Verde20056INE, IDSR-II, 2005
Central African Republic 201014MICS 2010
Chad201020TCD_MICS (Prelim)_2010
Chile20116CHL_CHL_INE. Estadísticas Vitales. Informe Anual 2009_2011
China20083National Health Services Survey (NHSS) 2008, p. 83
Colombia20056DHS 2005, Final report, Table 10.10.1, p. 215
Comoros200025MICS 2000, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2003
Congo200513DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Cook Islands20003WHO/Office of the Western PacificRegion. Country Health Information Profiles 2002 Revision (MOH, 2000)
Costa Rica20127CRI_Vital statistics Birth Registry - Caja Costarricense Seguro Social_2011(Prelim)_2012
Côte 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
Cuba20125CUB_National Health Statistics, Annual Publication 2012_2012
Cyprus
Czech Republic20017Innocenti Research Centre: Florence, Country Statistical Office as cited in UNICEF (2003), Social Monitor 2003
Democratic People's Republic of Korea20096MICS 2009, Final report, Table NU.11, p. 44
Democratic Republic of the Congo201010MICS 2010, Preliminary report
Denmark20015WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Djibouti200610MICS 2006, Final report, Table C.III.6, p. 59
Dominica2005-200810PAHO, Health Situation in the Americas: Basic indicators 2009
Dominican Republic200711DHS 2007, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, March 2009
Ecuador20098ECU_National Information System_2009-2011
Egypt200813DHS 2008, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2009
El Salvador2010-20119SLV_Informe de Labores Ministerio de Salud 2010-2011_2012
Equatorial Guinea200013MICS 2000, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2003
Eritrea200214DHS 2002, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2006
Estonia20014Innocenti Research Centre: Florence, Country Statistical Office as cited in UNICEF (2003), Social Monitor 2003
Ethiopia200520DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Fiji200410National Nutrition Survey 2004
Finland20014WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
France19987WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Gabon200014DHS 2000, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2003
Gambia201010MICS 2010, Preliminary report, Table NU.7,
Georgia20095Georgia National Nutrition Survey 2009, Table 31, p. 58
Germany19997WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Ghana200813DHS 2008, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, August 2010
Greece19998WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Grenada2004-20079Health Situation in the Americas 2008 -- Basic Indicators, p. 8
Guatemala2008-200911ENSMI 2008-2009, Table 7.12, p. 243
Guinea200512DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Guinea-Bissau201011MICS 2010 Preliminary
Guyana200914DHS 2009, reanalyzed for HQ to adjust for heaping 2012
Haiti200525DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Holy See
Honduras2005-200610DHS 2005-2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Hungary20019Innocenti Research Centre: Florence, Country Statistical Office as cited in UNICEF (2003), Social Monitor 2003
Iceland20014WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
India2005-200628NFHS 2005 - 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008
Indonesia20079DHS 2007, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, March 2009
Iran (Islamic Republic of)20067MOH, Integrated Monitoring & Evaluation System (IMES)
Iraq200615MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Ireland19996WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Israel20018WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Italy19986WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Jamaica200512MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Japan20008WHO/Office of the Western PacificRegion. Country Health Information Profiles 2002 Revision (Health Statistics)
Jordan200713DHS 2007, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, March 2009
Kazakhstan20066MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Kenya2008-20098DHS 2008-2009, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, Aug 2010
Kiribati19985WHO/Office of the Western Pacific Region. Country Health Information Profiles 2002 Revision (MOH, 2000)
Kuwait1997-19987MOH 1998
Kyrgyzstan20065MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Lao People's Democratic Republic200611MICS 2006, Final report, Table NU.8, p. 84
Latvia20015Innocenti Research Centre: Florence, Country Statistical Office as cited in UNICEF (2003), Social Monitor 2003
Lebanon200912MICS 2009
Lesotho200911DHS 2009, Reanalyzed for HQ to adjust for heaping.
Liberia200714DHS 2007, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, March 2009
Libya19957Arab Libyan Maternal & Child Survey (in Arabic), p. 133
Liechtenstein
Lithuania20014Innocenti Research Centre: Florence, Country Statistical Office as cited in UNICEF (2003), Social Monitor 2003
Luxembourg20008WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Madagascar2008-200916DHS 2008-2009, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, Aug 2010
Malawi200613MICS 2006, Reanalyzed by HQ June 2007
Malaysia200711WHO, Country Health Information Profiles 2009, p. 203
Maldives200122MICS 2001
Mali200619DHS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2008
Malta20016WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Marshall Islands200718DHS 2007, Final report, Table 10.1, p. 140
Mauritania200734MICS 2007, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ July 2008
Mauritius200314MOH, Health Statistics Annual Report 2003, p. VIII
Mexico20097Encuesta Nacional de la Dinámica Demográfica 2009, with additional analysis from country office
Micronesia (Federated States of)200018WHO/Office of the Western PacificRegion. Country Health Information Profiles 2002 Revision (MOH, 2002)
Monaco
Mongolia20105MICS Summary Report 2010
Montenegro20054MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Morocco200315DHS 2003, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2006
Mozambique200816MICS 2008, Statistical Table NU.8
Myanmar2009-20109MICS 2009-2010, Final report, Table NU.7,
Namibia2006-200716DHS 2006-07, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ March 2009
Nauru200727DHS 2007, Preliminary report, Table 10.1
Nepal201118DHS 2011, reanalyzed for HQ to adjust for heaping
Netherlands
New Zealand20006WHO/Office of the Western PacificRegion. Country Health Information Profiles 2002 Revision (Health Information Service)
Nicaragua20099Ministry of Health, Compendio Estadistico, p. 4
Niger200627DHS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2008
Nigeria200812DHS 2008, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, Aug 2010
Niue20000WHO/Office of the Western PacificRegion. Country Health Information Profiles 2002 Revision (MOH, 2002)
Norway20005WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Oman200812MoH Statistical Department, MPS indicators - WHO 2009
Pakistan2006-200732DHS 2006-2007, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, March 2009
Palau19989WHO/Office of the Western Pacific Region. Country Health Information Profiles 2002 Revision (MOH, 1999)
Panama200310Conoría General de la República, Dirección de Estadística y Censo, Sección de Estadísticas Vitales 2003
Papua New Guinea200511National Micronutrient Survey 2005, Draft report, Table 3.4.1, p. 25
Paraguay20106Basic Health Indicators 2010, p. 10
Peru20078Presupuesto por Resultados (MEF) Línea de Base de Resultados 2008 / INEI - ENDES 2007, p. 20
Philippines200821DHS 2008, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, Aug 2010
Poland20016Innocenti Research Centre: Florence, Country Statistical Office as cited in UNICEF (2003), Social Monitor 2003
Portugal20018WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Qatar199910National Report on Follow-up to the World Summit for Children/MOPH, Statistics 2000
Republic of Korea20004WHO/Office of the Western PacificRegion. Country Health Information Profiles 2002 Revision (NSO)
Republic of Moldova20056DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Romania20048Reproductive Health Survey 2004, Figure 6.2.2, p. 44
Russian Federation20076Rosstat, Social situation and living standards of population in Russia 2008, Table 10-14
Rwanda20107DHS 2010, Reanalyzed for HQ to adjust for heaping.
Saint Kitts and Nevis2005-20088PAHO, Health Situation in the Americas: Basic indicators 2009
Saint Lucia2005-200811PAHO, Health Situation in the Americas: Basic indicators 2009
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines20098PAHO, Health Situation in the Americas: Basic indicators 2009
Samoa200910DHS 2009, Final report, Table 10.1, p. 123
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
Senegal2010-201119DHS MICS 2010-2011, Reanalyzed for HQ to adjust for heaping.
Serbia20105MICS 2010
Seychelles
Sierra Leone201011MICS 2010
Singapore20008WHO/Office of the Western PacificRegion. Country Health Information Profiles 2002 Revision (MOH, 2000)
Slovakia20017Innocenti Research Centre: Florence, Country Statistical Office as cited in UNICEF (2003), Social Monitor 2003
Slovenia
Solomon Islands200713DHS 2007, Preliminary report, Table 10.1
Somalia
South Africa199815DHS 1998, Final Report, p. 117
South Sudan
Spain19976WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Sri Lanka2006-200717DHS 2006-2007, Final report, Table 10.1
State of Palestine20067Palestinian Family Health Survey 200, Preliminary Report, Table 16, p. 48
Sudan
Suriname200611MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, July 2008.
Swaziland20109MICS 2010
Sweden19994WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Switzerland19996WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health for All Database
Syrian Arab Republic200910PAPFAM, 2009
Tajikistan200510MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Thailand20097Reproductive Health Survey 2009, Table 30, p. 107
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia20116MICS 2011 Preliminary
Timor-Leste200312DHS 2003, Final Report, Table 10.10, p. 155
Togo201011MICS 2010
Tonga20023WHO/Office of the Western PacificRegion. Country Health Information Profiles 2005
Trinidad and Tobago200619MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Tunisia20065MICS 2006, Final report, Table NU.8, p. 69
Turkey200811DHS 2008, Final report, Table 11.1, p. 160
Turkmenistan20064MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2007
Tuvalu20076DHS 2007
Uganda200614DHS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008
Ukraine20074DHS 2007, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, March 2009
United Arab Emirates20096National Bureau of Statistics Data (Prelim) 2011, Table 1, p. 1
United Kingdom20008National Report on Follow-up to the World Summit for Children
United Republic of Tanzania2004-20058Reanalyzed by Measure DHS for HQ to adjust for heaping.
United States20028NCHS, National Vital Statistics Report 2002., Vol. 51.
Uruguay20099INE, Annual statistics 2010, Table 10.4.2
Uzbekistan20065MICS 2006, Final report, Table 13, p. 84
Vanuatu200710MICS 2007, Final report, Table NU. 8, p. 35
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)20088Instituto Nacional de Nutrición. Porcentaje de recién nacidos con peso bajo al nacer, 2008
Viet Nam2010-20115MICS 2010-2011
Yemen199732DHS 1997, Final Report, p. 119
Zambia200711DHS 2007, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, June 2008
Zimbabwe2005-200611DHS 2005-2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ June 2008


Region Low birthweight (%)
Sub-Saharan Africa12
Eastern and Southern Africa-
West and Central Africa12
Middle East and North Africa-
South Asia28
East Asia and the Pacific6
Latin America and the Caribbean8
CEE/CIS7
Industrialized countries-
Least developed countries-
World15


Notes:

DHS: Demographic and Health Surveys.
ENSMI: Encuesta Nacional de Salud Materno Infantil (Guatemala).
INE/IDSR: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Informática/Reproductive Health and Population Survey (Uruguay).
INEI ENDES Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Informática/Encuesta Demográfica y de Salud Familiar (Peru).
ISTEEBU: Institut de Statistiques et d’Études Économiques du Burundi (Burundi).
MICS: Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys.
MOH: Ministry of Health.
NCHS: National Center for Health Statistics (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US).
NFHS: National Family Health Survey (India).
PAHO: Pan American Health Organization.
PAPFAM: Pan Arab Project for Family Health.
WHO: World Health Organization.