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Ireland

Ireland Health Stats

Author: Luke.Metcalfe

Author: Luke.Metcalfe

Republic of Ireland has the highest birth rate in the whole of European Union (15.3 live births per 1.000 people in 2005, compared to crude birth rate of European Union of 10.4 live births per 1.000 people). Largely responsible for this is Irish Catholic background and “the explicit right of unborn to live” stated in the Constitution of Ireland and consequently abortion being illegal within the borders of Ireland. Only in 2013 was this law amended, making abortion legal for women, whose life is at risk due to pregnancy, including suicide. Women, who wish to have an abortion, travel to the neighboring United Kingdom, not only because of legal repercussions, but also because of the societal disapproval - less than a half of population would support a woman having an abortion with the reason being only her own best interest (instead of other medical or ethical situation). Likely connected to this situation is the fact that the Irish are the world’s most conscientious nation when it comes to using contraception: 89% of married women aged 15-49 years were reported using one or more forms of contraception in 2005. Experts believe that by making family planning widely available in 1990s and early 2000s, Ireland manage to make a huge leap in terms of economic and social development, by empowering women from all walks of life to make a decision of when to have a child.

Definitions

  • Births by caesarean section: Number of births by caesarean section per 1000 live births (year 2000).
  • Daily smokers: Data on tobacco consumption - this is a percentage of the total population who smoke at least one cigarette a day.(Data for Portugal and Austria is from 2002. All other data is from 2003).
  • Death from cancer: Cancer death incidence (per 100 000 population) for year 2000.
  • Dependency ratio per 100: Dependency ratio (per 100), 2003
  • Drug access: Population with access to essential drugs 2000. The data on access to essential drugs are based on statistical estimates received from World Health Organization (WHO) country and regional offices and regional advisers and through the World Drug Situation Survey carried out in 1998-99. These estimates represent the best information available to the WHO Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy to date and are currently being validated by WHO member states. The department assigns the estimates to four groupings: very low access (0-49%), low access (50-79%), medium access (80-94%) and good access (95-100%). These groupings, used here in presenting the data, are often employed by the WHO in interpreting the data, as the actual estimates may suggest a higher level of accuracy than the data afford. b.
  • Heart disease deaths: Heart disease deaths per 100000 population (1995-1998)
  • Infant mortality rate: The number of deaths of infants under one year old in a given year per 1,000 live births in the same year. This rate is often used as an indicator of the level of health in a country
  • Infant mortality rate > Total: This entry gives the number of deaths of infants under one year old in a given year per 1,000 live births in the same year; included is the total death rate, and deaths by sex, male and female. This rate is often used as an indicator of the level of health in a country.
  • Maternal mortality: Maternal mortality reported per 100,000 births 1985-1999. The maternal mortality data are those reported by national authorities. UNICEF and the World Health Organization periodically evaluate these data and make adjustments to account for the well-documented problems of under-reporting and misclassification of maternal deaths and to develop estimates for countries with no data (for details on the most recent estimates see Hill, AbouZahr and Wardlaw 2001). Data refer to the most recent year available during the period specified.
  • Motor vehicle deaths: Fatalities per 100000 population due to motor vehicle accidents (1999).
  • Obesity: Percentage of total population who have a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30 Kg/sq.meters (Data for Australia, Austria and Portugal is from 2002. All other data is from 2003). Obesity rates are defined as the percentage of the population with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30. The BMI is a single number that evaluates an individual's weight status in relation to height (weight/height2, with weight in kilograms and height in metres). For Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, figures are based on health examinations, rather than self-reported information. Obesity estimates derived from health examinations are generally higher and more reliable than those coming from self-reports, because they preclude any misreporting of people's height and weight. However, health examinations are only conducted regularly in a few countries (OECD).
  • Red Cross donations: Amounts of the contributions to the International Committee of the Red Cross by the Council of Europe member states and states with an observer status in the PACE in the period from 1996 to 2000 (in Swiss Francs)
  • Spending > Per person: Spending per capita (PPP) in $US 1998.
  • Teenage pregnancy: Number of births to women aged below twenty. Data for 1998.
  • Tobacco > Total adult smokers: Total adults smoking
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Births by caesarean section 204 live births per 1,000 pe 2000 6th out of 16
Daily smokers 27% 2003 14th out of 30
Death from cancer 357.6 deaths per 100,000 peopl 2000 6th out of 16
Dependency ratio per 100 47 2003 145th out of 166
Drug access 95% 2000 37th out of 163
Heart disease deaths 152.6 per 100,000 people 1998 3rd out of 26
Infant mortality rate 5.5 2005 155th out of 178
Infant mortality rate > Total 3.85 deaths/1,000 live births 2011 197th out of 216
Maternal mortality 6 per 100,000 2001 127th out of 136
Motor vehicle deaths 11.6 deaths per 100,000 peopl 1999 6th out of 17
Obesity 13% 2003 13th out of 29
Red Cross donations 3.85 million 2000 14th out of 37
Spending > Per person 1,569 1998 20th out of 133
Teenage pregnancy 3,138 births 1998 17th out of 26
Tobacco > Total adult smokers 31.5% 2005 53th out of 121

SOURCES: OECD Health Data 2003 and OECD Health Data 2002; OECD Health Data 2005; OECD Health Data 2004; World Health Organization; WHO (World Health Organization). 2001. Correspondence on access to essential drugs. Department of Essential Drugs and Medecines Policy. February. Geneva; World Health Organization; CIA World Factbook, 28 July 2005; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; UNICEF (United Nations Children?s Fund). 2002. Official Summary: The State of the World's Children 2002. New York: Oxford University Press.; GECD Health Data 2002; International Committee of the Red Cross; World Bank. 2002. World Development Indicators 2002. CD-ROM. Washington, DC; UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre; World Health Organization2005

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Republic of Ireland has the highest birth rate in the whole of European Union (15.3 live births per 1.000 people in 2005, compared to crude birth rate of European Union of 10.4 live births per 1.000 people). Largely responsible for this is Irish Catholic background and “the explicit right of unborn to live” stated in the Constitution of Ireland and consequently abortion being illegal within the borders of Ireland. Only in 2013 was this law amended, making abortion legal for women, whose life is at risk due to pregnancy, including suicide. Women, who wish to have an abortion, travel to the neighboring United Kingdom, not only because of legal repercussions, but also because of the societal disapproval - less than a half of population would support a woman having an abortion with the reason being only her own best interest (instead of other medical or ethical situation). Likely connected to this situation is the fact that the Irish are the world’s most conscientious nation when it comes to using contraception: 89% of married women aged 15-49 years were reported using one or more forms of contraception in 2005. Experts believe that by making family planning widely available in 1990s and early 2000s, Ireland manage to make a huge leap in terms of economic and social development, by empowering women from all walks of life to make a decision of when to have a child.

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