Table 2

Population coverage by subregion, age group and data category

Region

Infants aged 0–11 months

Children aged 12–23 months


Subregion

Population with data (%)a

Category

Population with data (%)a

Category



A

B

C

A

B

C


Africa

99.1

79.5

19.6

0.9

97.6

79.2

18.4

2.4

Eastern

99.4

91.8

7.6

0.6

99.4

91.8

7.6

0.6

Middle

96.5

25.9

70.6

3.5

96.5

25.9

70.6

3.5

Northern

99.8

52.3

47.5

0.2

95.1

57.2

37.9

4.9

Southern

95.1

91.5

3.6

4.9

95.1

91.5

3.6

4.9

Western

100

100

0

0

97.9

96.7

1.2

2.1

Asia (excluding Japan)

93.5

63.5

30.0

6.5

62.0

59.4

2.5

38.0

Eastern

94.1

0

94.1

5.9

0

0

0

100

South-Central

97.3

97.3

0

2.7

90.9

90.9

0

9.1

South-Eastern

84.6

74.5

10.1

15.4

84.7

74.5

10.1

15.4

Western

83.6

65.1

18.5

16.4

65.2

50.3

14.9

34.8

Latin America and the Caribbean

92.6

91.2

1.4

7.4

86.2

86.2

0

13.8

Caribbean

84.9

77.3

7.6

15.1

84.9

84.9

0

15.1

Central America

98.2

95.6

2.6

1.8

98.2

98.2

0

1.8

South America

90.8

90.6

0.2

9.2

80.6

80.6

0

19.4

Developing countriesb

94.8

70.1

24.7

5.2

72.9

66.8

6.1

27.1


Percentage of infant and child population in each region for which there were complete and comprehensive (category A), incomplete or non-comprehensive (category B) or no (category C) data on breastfeeding. a Includes categories A and B. b The region Oceania (including developing countries Guam, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) was excluded, as nationally representative breastfeeding data were not available for any developing countries in Oceania.

Lauer et al. BMC Medicine 2004 2:26   doi:10.1186/1741-7015-2-26

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