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Population stable

Shayal Devi
Sunday, April 14, 2013

THERE has been a very slight change to birth rate in Fiji over the years.

This is according to Dr Wame Baravilala, a reproductive health adviser with the United Nations Population Fund.

Speaking at a conference on repositioning family planning in Fiji, he said the same trend was found in the number of females dying from pregnancy-related problems.

"Looking at the figures, they may seem to vary but the number of women who are dying as a result of pregnancies, it hasn't changed much. There may be an additional two or three women per year who lose their lives," he said.

Dr Baravilala said the population remained steady in Fiji because people were opting to have less children.

"People now want smaller families and have just enough children to replace themselves.

"There is also the issue of migration nowadays, whereby people, irrespective of being Indo-Fijian or iTaukei, are moving overseas."

Dr Baravilala said Fiji was well on track in complying with the Millennium Development Goals in regards to improving maternal health.

"There are two aspects of the MDG to be reached by 2015. This includes reducing maternal mortality rate and for women to have access to reproductive health information. We know after receiving information that many hospitals in the country do not have contraceptives made available for the public."


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