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Seminar on Russian demography and mortality

12th April 2007

Dear all,
We have received news of this important seminar from a member, all details
are in the attachment.

With best wishes
Anna

IMPORTANT SEMINAR
“Reducing Early Mortality in the Russian Federation”
The Pushkin House, 5 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
Wednesday 25th April 2007. 10.00-14.30
THE PROBLEM
❋ In 2003 the total population of the RF was 144,000,000.
❋ In the Russian Federation the population declines by 700,000 each
year. Between 1992 & 2003 it fell by 5,000,000. In the absence of measures
to control this, by 2050 it could fall by a further 40,000,000.
❋ Largely this decline is due to the early death of Russian men.
Their average life expectancy is 58 years, compared with 77 years in the
UK and 74 years in Western Europe and USA.
❋ Over 50% of these deaths are due to heart disease.
❋ In Russia, as in many other parts of the World, alcohol, tobacco,
high cholesterol,
obesity, raised blood pressure, physical inactivity and diabetes all
increase the risk
of developing heart disease.
❋ All these factors can be positively modified.
ECONOMIC EFFECTS
❋ At present, due to early deaths from heart disease, annual GDP in
the RF is reduced
by 1% (equivalent to US$ 11.1bn)
❋ By 2015, if the trend continues, the RF will be losing 5% GDP
annually (equivalent to US$ 66.4bn)
THE ANSWER
❋ The REMRF project has been set up by Dr Harald Lipman and a team
of experts to help address this situation.
❋ Reducing death rates due to heart disease in Russian men by 20%
would increase life expectancy by 5 years and largely offset the
anticipated decline in Russian GDP.

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