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Number of deaths (infants aged 0 to 27 days old) per 1,000 US live births


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Actual indicator available Neonatal mortality rate
Actual indicator available - description Indicator of number of infant deaths that occur during the neonatal period (first 27 days of life)
Date of national source publication December 2016
Method of computation Number of children who died during the first 28 days of life / Number of live births Method of measurement Data from civil registration: The number of live births and the number of neonatal deaths are used to calculate age_ specific rates. This system provides annual data. Data from household surveys: Calculations are based on full birth history, whereby women are asked for the date of birth of each of their children, whether each child is still alive and if not the age at death. Method of estimation The United Nation Inter_agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN_IGME) produces neonatal mortality rate estimates with a Bayesian spline regression model which models the ratio of neonatal mortality rate / (under_five mortality rate'_'neonatal mortality rate). Estimates of NMR are obtained by recombining the estimates of the ratio with UN IGME_estimated under_five mortality rate. See UN IGME for more details. Predominant type of statistics: adjusted and estimated. These neonatal mortality rates have been estimated by applying methods to the available data from all Member States in order to ensure comparability across countries and time; hence they are not necessarily the same as the official national data.
Periodicity Annual
Scheduled update by national source December 2017
U.S. method of computation Number of deaths to infants aged 0 to 27 days old divided by number of births, expressed per 1,000 live births
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Indicator name Neonatal mortality rate
Target name By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.
Global indicator description Probability that a child born in a specific year or period will die during the first 28 completed days of life if subject to age_specific mortality rates of that period, expressed per 1000 live births. Neonatal deaths (deaths among live births during the first 28 completed days of life) may be subdivided into early neonatal deaths, occurring during the first 7 days of life, and late neonatal deaths, occurring after the 7th day but before the 28th completed day of life.
UN designated tier 1
UN custodial agency UNICEF (Partnering Agencies: DESA Population Divsion, World Bank)
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Organisation National Center for Health Statistics/Mortality Multiple Cause Death Files
Agency Staff Name Mortality Statistics Branch, Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics
Agency Survey Dataset National Center for Health Statistics/Mortality Multiple Cause Death Files
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