More than 20 million babies born with a low birthweight, warns UN report
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Countries need to take greater action to reduce the number of babies born with low birth weights, which put their health at risk, a new UN-backed medical study is urging.
According to the report, around one-in-seven babies worldwide weighed less than 5.5 pounds, or 2.5 kilogrammes at birth, according to latest data, from 2015.
The call for a bigger investment to tackle the low birth weight issue comes from experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who report that 80 per cent of the 2.5 million low weight newborns, die every year.
Highlighting the lack of progress, lead author and academic, Hannah Blencowe, said that in 2012, WHO’s 195-member States committed to reduce low birthweight by 30 per cent up to 2025, but so far there’s only been a decrease of 1.2 per cent worldwide.