Life expectancy in Belarus reaches 74.3 years

Life expectancy in Belarus reaches 74.3 years

The average life expectancy in Belarus in 2017 reached 74.3 years, Minister of Health of Belarus Valery Malashko told media before the meeting of Health Ministry board on the results of the work of health institutions in 2017.

"Over the past 20 years, life expectancy in Belarus has increased by 5.5 years and reached its maximum in 2017 - 74.3 years," said Valery Malashko.

"The tendency to reduce the difference in the life expectancy of men and women has continued."

At the same time, according to the minister, in the past year there was a decrease in the birth rate in Belarus.

15,000 fewer children were born in 2017 than in 2016. In connection with this, the Ministry of Health intends to pay much attention this year to measures aimed at improving the medical and demographic situation.

"Perhaps, decisions will be made to improve the accessibility of assisted reproductive technologies, including in vitro fertilization," Valery Malashko stressed. "It is necessary to make these methods financially accessible to couples suffering from infertility."