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Global Death Toll: One Million Premature Babies Every Year
Date:10/4/2009

4,047,000 11.9 ------ --------- ---- North America (US & Canada)* 480,000 10.6 --------------------------- ------- ---- Asia 6,907,000 9.1 ---- --------- --- Latin America & the Caribbean 933,000 8.1 ----------------------------- ------- --- Oceania (Australia/New Zealand) 20,000 6.4 --------------------------------- ------ --- Europe 466,000 6.2 ------ ------- ---

Preterm birth rates by national income category:

  • In high resource regions, 1,014,000 infants each year are born preterm, or 7.5 percent of total births.
  • In middle resource regions, 7,685,000 infants are born preterm, or 8.8 percent of total births.
  • In low resource regions, 4,171,000 infants are born preterm, or 12.5 percent of total births.

Sources:

Beck S, Wojdyla D, Say L, Betran AP, Merialdi M, Requejo JH, Rubens C, Menon R, Van Look P. 2009. WHO systematic review on maternal mortality and morbidity: The global burden of preterm birth. The Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

* See also Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Ventura SJ. 2007. Births: Preliminary data for 2007. National vital statistics reports, Web release; vol. 57 no. 12. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics.

SOURCE March of Dimes


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