Total Fertility Rate in Georgia has increased, while Infant Mortality Rate has decreased - launch of the Reproductive Health Survey
According to the 2010 Georgia Reproductive Health Survey the Total Fertility Rate in Georgia has increased, while the Total Induced Abortion Rate, as well as infant and child mortality rates have decreased.
Total Fertility Rate (TFR), of 2.0 births per woman is 25% higher than the TFR calculated from the 2005 survey. According to the survey data 35% of women currently married or in consensual union wanted more children.
It is noteworthy, that for the first time since 1999 the birth experience surpassed abortion experience and the abortion-to-live birth ratio is 0.8/1. This was mainly determined by a combination of increase in fertility and decline of abortion. Between 2005 and 2010 the Total Induced Abortion Rate dropped significantly by 48%.
There is a significant decline in infant mortality statistics: 41.6 per 1,000 live births in 1999, 21.1 in 2005 and 14.1 in 2010. The same trend is observed with regard to the under-5 year mortality rate.
The presentation of the 2010 Georgia Reproductive Health Final Report and the press-conference, preceding the event was attended by the First Lady of Georgia, Chairperson of the National Reproductive Health Council Mrs. Sandra Elisabeth Roelofs, Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs Mr. Zurab Tchiaberashvili, representatives of the Parliament of Georgia, United Nations Agencies and other donor organizations.
A third round population-based household probability survey of women of childbearing age was conducted in 2010 with the aim to study the status of population reproductive health and demography and its dynamics in Georgia. The survey was conducted by the financial support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and with the technical assistance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Atlanta, USA).
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