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Field Detail
Theme Health
Code PH-CH-1.4
Sub-theme Child Health
Name Low birth weight babies
Definition Percentage of live born infants that weigh less than 2500 g, for a given time period.
Calculation/Formula (Number of live born infants weighing less than 2500g / Total number of live born infants for that time period) x 100
Unit of Measure %
Purpose/Rationale At the population level, the proportion of babies with a low birth weight is an indicator of a multifaceted public-health problem that includes long-term maternal malnutrition, ill health, hard work and poor health care in pregnancy. On an individual basis, low birth weight is an important predictor of newborn health and survival (WHO).
Policy Linkages National Development plans, Pacific Food Security Framework for Action
Preferred Data Sources National Health Information System (Administrative Data)
Alternative_Data Sources DHS
Census - HIES - DHS tag DHS
Primary Data Collection System National Administrative Database - Health Information Management Systems (HIS)
Frequency of Data Collection Annual (aggregated over multiple years) if from administrative data/ Approx 5 years if from Survey sources
Other agencies countries_ must report to: WHO
SPC Responsibility - Data Management PHD
SPC Programme PHD
Numerator Number of live born infants weighing less than 2500g
Denominator Total number of live born infants for that time period
Factor x 100
Unit %