Table 1C

MENA region countries: COVID-19 cases and deaths (data from 2 May 2021), data on the number of children screened and diseases included, and the overall impact of COVID-19 pandemic on newborn screening. Legend: N/A -The Question was not answered.

Country (region)Population (in millions)COVID-19 cases per million (in thousands)Deaths due to COVID-19
(per million)
Wave with more impact on the countryWave with more impact on NBSAverage number of newborns per country (2015–2020; from 30 June of the initial and final year)Newborns screened/year/centreNumber of diseases in NBSImpairment of NBS during the pandemic*Were there plans/guidelines for NBS during a pandemic
MENA region
 Jordan (Irbid)10.369.3865SecondSecond214 64620011–20A lotNo
 Kuwait4.363.9365SecondSecond58 28160 00021–30LittleYes
 Lebanon (Lebanon)6.877.71077SecondSecond117 33620 00021–30ModerateNo
 Pakistan (Sindh)224.53.781SecondSecond5 994 07560001–5LittleNo
 Saudi Arabia35.311.9198N/AN/A599 706N/AN/AN/AN/A
  • *A 5-point Likert scale was used to determine the impairment (1=none, 2=little, 3=moderate, 4=a lot, 5=a great deal).

  • MENA, Middle East and North Africa; N/A, not available; NBS, newborn screening.