Medicosocial aspects of depopulation in Belarus

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7087.1129 (Published 12 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1129
  1. S V Kondrichin, Doctora
  1. a ul Krasnoarmeiskaia 34-17, Minsk 220030, Belarus

    Editor—In 1994 the population of Belarus began to decline progressively: during 1994 the population fall was 22 200 (0.2% of inhabitants), in 1995 it was 32 800 (0.35%), and in the first half of 1996 it was 17 300. Such depopulation predominately shows the demographic consequences of social policy in the former Soviet Union. Currently, during a time of dramatic disturbances, a truly vicious circle is operating in the sick social organism. On the one hand, the social malfunctioning …

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