Low birth weight is leading in Kenya’s infant hospital admissions

Low birth weight infants are about 20 times more likely to die than heavier infants.

Low birth weight infants are about 20 times more likely to die than heavier infants.

What you need to know:

  • Although low birth weight is caused by an interplay of factors such as hypertension, heart disease, poor nutrition, and multiple pregnancies, maternal age is one of the leading causes.
  • According to the National Council for Population and Development report on teenage pregnancies in Kenya, 379, 573 girls in Kenya – some as young as 10 years old – were pregnant or new mothers as of 2019.
  • Children who are born with low birth weight are at risk of cardiovascular disease by the age of 10

Babies born with low birth weight in Kenya last year were the leading cause of infant admission in health facilities. According to the 2021 Economic Survey, they accounted for 10.3 percent of all infant hospital admissions.

Welcome!

You're all set to enjoy unlimited Prime content.