Low Birth Weight Prevalence, Determinants and Prevention in Bangladesh

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47648/zhswmcj.2023.v0501.10

Nawshad Ahmed1


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).


  1. Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, Technical Assistance to Social Security Reform Programme in Bangladesh

    Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, Dhaka

Volume 5, Number 1, January 2023
Page: 48-52