|Title:||Low birth weight in Lebanon: a morphological parameter and a health status indicator|
|Authors:||Jurjus, Abdou R.|
|Abstract:||This study is an attempt to determine the incidence of low birth weight [LBW] in Lebanon. Biometric, biomedical and sociobehavioural parameters were investigated. The incidence of LBW showed an upward trend from 1986 to 1990; a peak was observed in 1990 at the height of the war, but rates fell in 1991. Infants born with weights of 2500 to 2999 grams represented about a quarter of live births, although the mean birth weight was higher. The length of gestation was associated with birth weight. More information is needed regarding birth weights at the country level. This would require elimination of the problem of nonhospital births and improvement of the registration system for vital events and of prenatal records|
|Keywords:||Health Status Indicators|
|Subject:||Infant, Low Birth Weight|
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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