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UN-backed report urges countries to aim to reduce babies born with low birth weights

A new United Nations-backed report is urging Caribbean and other countries to invest more and take greater action to reduce the number of babies born with low birth weights that put their health at risk.
 
The UN said around one-in-seven babies worldwide weighed less than 5.5 pounds at birth.
 
This was based on data from 2015.
 
The United Nations Population Division said there were 938,300 low birth weight babies in Latin America and the Caribbean, compared to a little more than one million in 2000. 
 
The report not only revealed that more than 20 million babies were born in 2015 with a low birth weight but 80 per cent of the world's 2.5 million low weight newborns die every year, because they are either pre-term or small for gestational age.


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