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Ukraine population may be reduced to 39 million by 2030 - forecast

Erste Bank analysts predict that by 2030 the population of Ukraine may be reduced to 39 million. This analysis was made before the second census to be held in Ukraine this year.

Erste Bank analysts have analyzed the operational data on demographics, which will be evaluated in more detail at the time of the census. According to them, by 2014 the number of people living with HIV may double to 3.5% of the adult population.

The research also shows that, with the exception of those employed in the informal sector, there is one pensioner per one employee in Ukraine, and Ukrainian men are in the 5th place out of 192 countries by mortality from cardiovascular diseases.

Analysts also noted that the Ukrainians have changed the approach to the formation of families: marriages have become more stable, however, the number of illegitimate children has increased - one in five children is born out of wedlock.

All HIV/AIDS patients will receive necessary treatment in Ukraine

Vice Prime Minister and Health Minister Raisa Bohatyriova stressed this on Friday during a meeting with Executive Director of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS Michel Sidibe in Geneva on Friday, where she came to participate in work of the 27th meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Health Ministry press service informs.

“We have many achievements in this sphere and we can say that we are able to ensure treatment for all diseased in HIV/AIDS, who are in need of this according to the AIDS regional centers,” Bohatyriova noted.

In turn, Michel Sidibe noted tangible success of Ukraine and its leading positions in the European region in fighting HIV/AIDS and in this relation he stressed that Ukraine may become the first country in this region to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Ukraine: Corruption blamed for AIDS non-treatment

People walk past quilts laying on Mikhaylovskaya Square in Kiev on May 13, 2011...Yet the ghostly, emaciated father of two considers himself lucky because he eventually got treated at a Kiev clinic and is now slowly recovering.

KIEV, Ukraine — Two years ago, Hryhoriy, a retired police officer from a provincial Ukrainian town, nearly died of AIDS. Yet the ghostly, emaciated father of two considers himself lucky because he eventually got treated at a Kiev clinic and is now slowly recovering.

Parliament exempts anti-AIDS drugs from tax

The Verkhovna Rada has passed a law on the implementation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria programmes in Ukraine, which provides for exemption from taxation of transactions with grants, including the acquisition (import) of goods, works and services paid for by grants from the GFATM.

According to the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Health, Tetiana Bakhteyeva, the adoption of this law is very important given that Ukraine ranks second in Europe on the number of patients with tuberculosis and first with HIV-AIDS. The measures provided by the GFATM programs are taken into account in drafting state target programs for the prevention and countering of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis.

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