Table 3

Incidence of severe neonatal jaundice per 10 000 live births, among all neonates aged 24 months or less

WHO regionNLive birthsIncidence*95% CI
Overall†219 564 7739.92.8 to 35.6
African15256667.8603.4 to 738.5
Americas85 304 5394.41.8 to 10.5
Eastern Mediterranean11690165.7114.6 to 238.9
European73 212 2303.71.7 to 8.0
Southeast Asian2146 386251.3132.0 to 473.2
Western Pacific2894 6729.40.1 to 755.9
  • *Test for subgroup differences (Cochran’s Q=346.9, p<0.001).

  • †I2=99%, Cochran’s Q=34 721, p<0.001.

  • N, no of studies.