11 July 2012 - This year`s World Population Day focuses on the theme of “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services.” Reproductive health problems remain the leading cause of ill health and death for women of childbearing age worldwide. On the World Population Day, many activities and campaigns will call attention to the essential part that reproductive health plays in creating a just and equitable world.

11 July 2012 - This year`s World Population Day focuses on the theme of “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services.” Reproductive health problems remain the leading cause of ill health and death for women of childbearing age worldwide. Some 222 million women who would like to avoid or delay pregnancy lack access to effective family planning. Nearly 800 women die every day in the process of giving life. About 1.8 billion young people are entering their reproductive years, often without the knowledge, skills and services they need to protect themselves. On the World Population Day, many activities and campaigns will call attention to the essential part that reproductive health plays in creating a just and equitable world.

On the occasion of this Day, UNFPA in Ukraine held a press-conference to discuss and highlight the importance of ensuring universal access to Reproductive Health in the context of the global situation and also Ukraine. Participants of the conference noted that Ukraine has already made significant achievements in the area of reproductive health. However, there is still room for improvement.

For women aged 15 to 49 years, reproductive health problems constitute a leading cause of ill health and deaths. This is true of Ukraine too. Ukraine’s maternal mortality rate exceeds the average level of the EU countries. Inadequate quality of maternal health care services accounts for about one fifth of preventable maternal deaths.  Achievements in the area of family planning in Ukraine has contributed to a decrease in the abortion rate, from 34.1 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age in 2000 to 15.1 in 2010.

Nevertheless, Ukraine’s abortion rates remain more than twice as high as those of the EU countries. So there is an urgent need to invest more in Reproductive Health not only to prevent unnecessary deaths and greatly reduce injuries through childbearing, but also to ensure the overall health and well being of Ukrainian women and their families. 

For more information please refer to: 

http://www.un.org/en/events/populationday/index.shtml