Middle East

Region Statistics for Middle East.

Abbreviations: 

  • NTD = Neural Tube Defects, for which spina bifida and anencephaly are the predominant ones;
  • SBA = Spina Bifida and Anencephaly
  • FAP SBA = Folic Acid-Preventable Spina Bifida and Anencephaly
  • ** Used estimate of wheat flour consumption in Saudi Arabia
Countries with Active,
Mandatory, Programs to
Fortify Flour
with Folic Acid
Annual BirthsPrevalence of
NTD* Births
per
1,000 Live
Births
Annual
Cases
of
FAPSBA*
Folic Acid
Consumption
from
Fortification
(mcg/day)*
Program
Coverage
(%)
Annual Cases
of
FAPSBA*
Prevented
Percent of
FAPSBA
Cases
Prevented
Iraq1,244,0001.81,617706.9000
Kuwait75,0001.253417.410053100
Oman**81,0001.257237.6895088
Saudi Arabia619,0001.2433385.9100433100
Yemen856,0001.2599407.7100599100