Which Country Suffers from the Highest Neonatal Mortality?

Neonatal Mortality (Per 1,000 Live Births), 2019
Health Care | December 30, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 172 countries in 2019, Lesotho ranked the highest in neonatal mortality per 1,000 live births with 42.8 followed by Pakistan and Central African Republic. On the other end of the scale was Japan with 0.800, Singapore with 0.900 and Iceland with 1.00.

Average neonatal mortality per 1,000 live births reached 17.5 in 2019 in the World according to World Bank / WHO. This is 2.23 % more than in the previous year and -31.3 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average neonatal mortality per 1,000 live births reached an all time high of 36.6 in 1990 and an all time low of 17.5 in 2019. The average annual growth amounted to -2.44 % since 1960.

Data for more countries are available at Neonatal Mortality (Per 1,000 Live Births) indicator page.

Neonatal Mortality (Per 1,000 Live Births) Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Afghanistan 43.0 41.6 40.3 39.1 38.0
Benin 33.3 32.8 32.3 31.9 31.5
Central African Republic 44.5 43.7 42.9 42.1 41.4
Chad 36.6 36.1 35.6 35.0 34.5
Guinea Bissau 40.6 39.5 38.5 37.5 36.7
Ivory Coast 36.8 36.2 35.6 34.9 34.3
Lesotho 42.3 42.9 43.4 43.7 43.6
Liberia 32.8 33.0 33.0 33.1 33.0
Mali 36.2 35.5 34.8 34.1 33.5
Mauritania 36.2 35.5 34.8 34.2 33.5
Nigeria 37.4 37.3 37.1 36.9 36.7
Pakistan 47.2 46.2 45.2 44.2 43.2
Sierra Leone 35.9 35.0 34.3 33.3 32.5
Somalia 40.9 40.2 39.6 39.0 38.2
South Sudan 39.1 39.0 38.9 38.7 38.6