Which Country Suffers from the Highest Neonatal Mortality?

Neonatal Mortality (Per 1,000 Live Births), 2017
Health Care | February 1, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 172 countries in 2017, Pakistan ranked the highest in neonatal mortality per 1,000 live births with 44.2 followed by Central African Republic and South Sudan. On the other end of the scale was Japan with 0.900, Iceland with 1.00 and Singapore with 1.10.

Average neonatal mortality per 1,000 live births reached 18.0 in 2017 in the World according to World Bank / WHO. This is 2.78 % less than in the previous year and -35.0 % 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 18.0 in 2017. The average annual growth amounted to -2.59 % 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 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Afghanistan 46.7 45.3 44.0 42.7 41.5
Benin 35.0 34.8 34.5 34.1 33.7
Central African Republic 46.1 45.3 44.6 43.9 43.1
Chad 38.0 37.5 37.0 36.4 35.9
Djibouti 36.8 36.1 35.4 34.6 33.9
Guinea Bissau 43.6 42.4 41.2 40.1 39.0
Ivory Coast 37.2 36.5 35.9 35.2 34.6
Lesotho 41.1 40.8 40.3 39.8 39.3
Mali 39.9 39.1 38.3 37.5 36.8
Mauritania 38.1 37.4 36.7 36.0 35.1
Nigeria 37.1 36.4 35.6 34.9 34.2
Pakistan 50.0 49.2 48.4 47.3 46.3
Sierra Leone 40.2 38.9 37.7 36.5 35.4
Somalia 42.8 42.0 41.4 40.7 40.0
South Sudan 41.4 40.4 40.0 39.8 39.7