5 pounds) when born were in low- and middle-income countries, researchers reported in The Lancet Global Worldwide, just under 15 per cent of 2015 newborns in the 148 canvassed had low birthweight, varying between 2. 4 per cent in and nearly 28 per cent in That’s down from a global average of 17. But meeting the World Organisation target of cutting low birthweight 30 per cent between 2012 and 2025 “will require more than doubling the pace of progress,” said Hannah Blencowe, a at the In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of low birthweight live births actually increased from 2000 to 2015, from 4. 5 kilos at birth is closely linked to high rates of neonatal mortality and ill later in life: more than 80 per cent of the world’s 2. In and Europe, a higher share of low birthweight babies are preemies.
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