The main causes of death in Ukraine, 2005-2013

On the official website of Ukrainian census there is a statistical information about the different causes of death in Ukraine in the period from 2005 to 2013. Unfortunately, this data can be regarded as the most expeditious, as data collection for 2014 year significantly complicated by occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, as well as through military aggression of Russia against Ukraine in Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

Nevertheless, it is possible to look at the dynamics for the period of nine years.

The total number of deaths, 2005-2013

The total number of deaths, 2005-2013

We can see a significant reduction in mortality dynamics in the period from 2008 to 2011 (almost by 90 thousand per year), but in the next two years there was no positive dynamics.

The main causes of death in Ukraine for nine years has not changed. The following shows statistics for the year 2013:

The main causes of death in Ukraine in 2013 year

The main causes of death in Ukraine in 2013 year

Most deaths in Ukraine every year are caused by cardiovascular diseases. The following graph shows which diseases belongs of this class, and what was the dynamics of mortality from them during this period of time. Mortality from alcoholic cardiomyopathy reduced by 42%, mortality from diseases that are included in the “other cardiovascular diseases” reduced by 32%. For other of disease, Unfortunately,there is no great positive dynamics for other diseases.

Cardiovascular diseases that have caused death in Ukraine in the 2005-2013

Cardiovascular diseases that have caused death in Ukraine in the 2005-2013

Let’s look at the dynamics of mortality for individual classes of disease. Percentage shows the reduce of mortality in 2013, compared to 2005 (increased mortality – in negative percentage). It can be seen that overall picture looks promising. Number of people die every year from many (almost all) class of diseases decreased in the past nine years.

Decrease / increase in mortality in the period from 2005 to 2013, %

Decrease / increase in mortality in the period from 2005 to 2013, %

It should, however, be kept in mind, that these percentages are just comparing mortality rates between the two years and do not take into account the fact that the total population was reduced by 3.7% during these nine years. If you make a similar table in terms of “the number of deaths per hundred thousand population”, the percentage change slightly toward the deterioration of the overall picture.