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  1. Think-tank mulls ways to boost record low birth rate

    Posted Sep 24th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani, Vivienne Chow

    ... Exemption from maid levy and paternity leave considered A government think-tank studying Hong Kong's birth rate is reportedly considering exempting couples from the domestic helper ... called on Hong Kong couples to have at least three children to help alleviate the ageing population problem. Hong Kong's birth rate was the lowest in the world at 0.94 children per woman ...

  2. We won't push birth rate: health chief

    Posted Feb 24th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Hong Kong is not Singapore, the health chief insisted yesterday when asked if the government would adopt a Lion City-style tax-incentive package to boost the birth rate ... alleviate the ageing population problem. Hong Kong's birth rate was the lowest in the world at 0.94 children per woman of child-bearing age in 2003. Last year's rate, to be announced ...

  3. Boosting the birth rate critical for HK's future

    Posted Sep 24th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... sliding birth rate. It will say no more. Its advice will be confidential to the government in its deliberations on population policy. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is taking a personal ... more children. It would be best for them to have three, he said. The policy unit has an unenviable task. Advanced economies around the world face population ageing through falling birth rates ...

  4. Incentives may be offered to boost birth rate

    Posted Feb 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Gary Cheung, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... three children in a desperate attempt to halt the sliding birth rate. This was disclosed by Chief Secretary and population taskforce chief Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who said 'we have to come up with some ideas' to lift the fertility rate. 'Couples, particularly the younger ones, should at least give birth to three kids to help alleviate the ageing population,' Mr ...

  5. Birth rate to further decline, survey shows

    Posted Mar 10th 2005, 12:00am by Lilian Goh

    ... LILIAN GOH FACED WITH a sharp decline in birth rate and an ageing population, the government has encouraged couples to have as many as three babies in a family. But a recent survey shows that only 53.8 per cent of young people want children and their average ideal is two children. The survey, conducted by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYP), interviewed 505 young people ...

  6. Surrogacy won't boost births, say experts

    Posted Jun 19th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Kong's rock-bottom birth rate despite the concerns over the consequences of an ageing population, say experts. Leong Che-hung, the chairman of the Council on Human Reproductive Technology, also ... these categories under the legal requirements. 'So the practice would not help boost the city's birth rate because the law itself is not for the purpose of promoting surrogacy in Hong Kong,' ...

  7. Girls risk lives by opting for abortions as form of birth control

    Posted Jan 22nd 2005, 12:00am by David Marsh

    ... are informed of the health risks or told about birth control. The result, according to an international study in 1999, was the highest rate in Asia and among the highest in the world- 83 abortions per ... are putting their lives at risk undergoing substandard abortions. Abortion is considered a primary method of birth control and sex education is hard to come by. Teens account for as many as one-fifth ...

  8. Landmark gives birth to need for rethink

    Posted Jan 09th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... They said it had delayed the arrival of citizen number 1.3 billion by four years and reduced the potential population by 300 million. The policy has slashed the birth rate by 75 per cent over ... or those from ethnic minorities. Even in some urban areas it exists only in name. The reality is that there is no longer a need for such a low birth rate, particularly in the more affluent cities. ...

  9. Fertility pills blamed for increase in twin births

    Posted Jan 28th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the figure made up 2 to 3 per cent of all deliveries at the hospital. The normal rate for twins is one in 89 births, or 1.12 per cent. The higher incidence of twins was probably due to women taking ... Leu Siew Ying in Guangzhou Doctors think couples are resorting to drugs to get around the one-child policy Several Guangzhou hospitals have discovered a high incidence of twin births ...

  10. Three-child policy

    Posted Feb 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The government wants Hong Kong couples to have three children in an attempt to halt the sliding birth rate, and may offer tax cuts among incentives. What do you think of these measures to lift the fertility rate? Share your views: write to us ...




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