Birth rate in Ukraine has grown during the last three years, President’s Commissioner for Children's Rights Yuri Pavlenko told a briefing, ForUm learned from the President’s press office.

So, in 2012, 520.7 thousand children was born in Ukraine, this is almost by 20 thousand more than in the previous year (in 2011 - 502.6 thousand, in 2010 - 497.7 thousand children).

In addition, according to Pavlenko, in the past year there were other positive changes in the socio-demographic sphere: infant mortality and number of abortions reduced, depopulation slowed. "In particular, according to the Institute of Demography of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, total mortality reduced," Pavlenko stressed.

Children’s ombudsman noted reduced infant mortality rate - from 9.1 per mille in 2010-2011 to 8.6 per mille in 2012, which is one of the main indicators of socio-demographic situation in the country.

According to Pavlenko, depopulation significantly slowed due to higher birth rate and lower mortality rate in Ukraine. The population growth was observed almost in half of the regions in 2012.

"In 2012, there was another positive signal - the share of children in the general population of Ukraine stabilized. In 2012, for the first time during years of independence, there was not a reduction, but increase in number of children in Ukraine," Pavlenko mentioned. He also expressed the belief that these positive trends "will continue in 2013 and the next years."


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