Russian labor minister points to latent recovery in shrinking fertility rates in 2018

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SOCHI, February 13. /TASS/. Russia’s falling fertility rate halved in 2018, Labor Minister Maxim Topilin said on Wednesday at a Sochi forum dubbed: “Healthy Life Forum: Towards 80+.”

“If we look at the declining fertility rate, we will see that it was about 11% in 2017 but rose to 4.6% in 2018,” the minister noted.

According to Topilin, a report covering 11 months of 2018 has the total fertility rate at 1.597. He added that the Federal State Statistics Service would present the final figure in June. The Demography national project stipulates that the index must reach 1.7 by 2024.

The forum, which is taking place for the first time, is expected to become an annual expert conference aimed at hashing over ways to extend the average life expectancy to 78 years by 2024 and to 80 years by 2030. The event mostly seeks to develop expert initiatives for the implementation of national programs and projects in areas such as demography, healthcare, science, education and the environment. The Russian Health Ministry is sponsoring the forum.

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