The Country Profiles for Preterm and Low Birth Weight Prevention and Care have been updated with available population-based data as of mid-2017. View and download the profiles using the links to the right.


About the Profiles: A country profile exercise was conducted for all 23 USAID priority countries during the first half of 2015. The process aimed to extract and compile national-level information related to preterm birth and low birth weight (PTB/LBW) and uses secondary and primary data sources. Secondary data sources include population-based surveys such as the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) and Service Provision Assessments (SPA) where available. Secondary data includes basic demographic information related to PTB/LBW such as neonatal mortality rate, preterm birth rate, babies born <2500 grams and babies born <28 weeks of gestation. Information related to PTB/LBW interventions across the continuum of care through pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period, at various levels of the health system (from the household to the hospital) was also extracted. For example, the profiles look at the adolescent birth rate, short stature of women of childbearing age and obesity in women of childbearing age.

Primary data was collected through key informant interviews in each country. Information gathered is designed to provide insights into the health system as related to PTB/LBW including health policy, pre-service and in-service provider training from the community to hospital level and data on PTB/LBW generated by the national Health Management Information System (HMIS).

Using this information, country profiles were developed for each of the 23 USAID priority countries. The profiles will be disseminated in each country via key informants and will be used to ignite dialogue in-country and catalyze action around PTB/LBW within maternal and newborn health programming.

The country profiles were launched on November 17, 2015 (World Prematurity Day), and were updated with available population-based data in mid-2017. Along with the updated profiles, a new profile was created for Myanmar, which was recently added as a USAID priority country.

*Sierra Leone is not one of USAID’s priority countries; this profile was developed in coordination with the ACS Policy and Implementation Landscape Analysis (see Resources tab for full report).

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