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Table 2 Injection practices in WHO regions according to DHS surveys conducted in 2011–2015. The Eastern Mediterranean Region had the highest number of unsafe injections (0.376 per person per year). The Eastern Mediterranean Region also had the highest average number of health care injections per person in the last 12 months and the lowest proportion of injections with devices from a new package. The Eastern Mediterranean Region was followed by the South-East Asia Region (0.178 per person per year), the European Region (0.085 per person per year), the African Region (0.039 per person per year), the region of the Americas (0.020 per person per year), and the Western Pacific Region (0.019 per person per year)

From: Injection practices in 2011–2015: a review using data from the demographic and health surveys (DHS)

  Frequency Safety Number of unsafe injections per person per year a
Country Health care injections per person per year Sample size Use of an unopened syringe or needle Sample size
African 1.18 466,836 96.7% 144,115 0.039
Americas 1.28 73,335 98.4% 12,951 0.020
Eastern Mediterranean 3.84 82,347 90.2% 32,467 0.376
European 2.92 29,148 97.1% 6,881 0.085
South-East Asia 2.66 166,277 93.3% 75,233 0.178
Western Pacific 1.60 22,768 98.8% 7,973 0.019
Total 1.64 840,711 96.1% 279,620 0.064
  1. a Number of injections multiplied by the proportion unsafe