The number of low birthweight babies stayed almost constant in Viet Nam over 15 years.

1 in 7 babies worldwide born with a low birthweight – The Lancet Global Health, UNICEF, WHO

UNICEF 17 May 2019

Lo Van Tuyet, 34 years, and his premature birth baby boy born at the 30th week in the Kangaroo room at Dien Bien General Hospital.
UNICEF Viet Nam\Truong Viet Hung – Lo Van Tuyet, 34 years, and his premature birth baby boy born at the 30th week in the Kangaroo room at Dien Bien General Hospital.

NEW YORK/ LONDON/ GENEVA/HANOI, 16 May 2019 – More than 20 million babies were born with a low birthweight (less than 2500g; 5.5 pounds) in 2015 – around one in seven of all births worldwide, according to the latest research undertaken by theLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization (WHO), published in The Lancet Global Health journal. Data from the report showed that Viet Nam has had the lowest low-birthweight rate in South East Asia & Oceania at 8.2 per cent in 2015.

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