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Table 2 Regional variation in the estimated preterm birth prevalence rates

From: Global report on preterm birth and stillbirth (1 of 7): definitions, description of the burden and opportunities to improve data

Region Preterm births (x1000) Preterm birth rate (%) 95% Confidence Intervals
World Total 12,870 9.6 9.1 - 10.1
More developed regions 1,014 7.5 7.3 - 7.8
Less developed regions 7,685 8.8 8.1 - 9.4
Least developed regions 4,171 12.5 11.7 - 13.3
   Africa 4,047 11.9 11.1 - 12.6
   Asia 6,907 9.1 8.3 - 9.8
   Europe 466 6.2 5.8 - 6.7
   Latin America & the Caribbean 933 8.1 7.5 - 8.8
   North America 480 10.6 10.5 - 10.6
   Oceania (Australia/New Zealand) 20 6.4 6.3 - 6.6
  1. Source: Beck S. et al. [21]