Volume 5Number 1, January 2023
Low Birth Weight Prevalence, Determinants and Prevention in Bangladesh
Low birth weight (LBW) is a leading cause of childhood illness and a factor behind child's survival, not only in Bangladesh but in most developing countries. Those born with less than 2,500 grams is considered low birth weight babies. About 95.6% of LBW babies are born in low and middle-income countries. In South Asia, the rate of LBW births is almost double the global rate. As much as 70% of all babies born with LBW are from Asian countries, with 28% occurring in central and south Asia. 1 In order to reduce child mortality, significant reduction of LBW is essential which will help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, Technical Assistance to Social Security Reform Programme in Bangladesh