1 in 10 North Korean Babies Born Premature

One out of every ten new babies born in North Korea is born premature, according to new World Health Organization (WHO) data.

According to the WHO-produced ‘Born too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth’, which was released by the UN body on the 2nd, among 347,600 babies born in North Korea in 2010, fully 37,300 were preterm, or roughly 10.7%. North Korea ranked 80th out of 184 countries surveyed on this measure.

Complications linked to preterm birth caused the death of 2,700 babies, 7% (2,700) of the total, placing North Korea 55th in the world.

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