No War, But High Alcoholism. Belarus In Sustainable Development Index [INFOGRAPHIC]

Belarus has ranked 120th out of 188 countries in UN Sustainable Development Goals Report. The health-related ranking was published by The Lancet magazine.

In the full index the country neighbors Ukraine and Russia and is one step ahead of Bolivia.


In September, 2015, the UN General Assembly established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs specify 17 universal goals, 169 targets, and 230 indicators leading up to 2030.

The ranking was compiled by over 1870 researchers from 124 countries. It is based on 33 health-related SDG indicators.

According to the report, Belarus seems to control the disease incidence (HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and hepatitis B) rather well.

It received 100 out of 100 points for combating malaria – the result is comparable to other European countries since the disease is not characterictis of the georgraphic zone. In combating tuberculosis Belarus was given 54 points and received 49 points for its efforts in combating hepatitis B.

The two weakest points for the country are suicide (21 points out of 100) and alcohol use (zero points). According to the data in The Lancet report, the situation with alcohol abuse in Belarus is the worst in the world. Ukraine and Russia are doing only slightly better.

What regards maternal mortality and infant mortality ratios, Belarus has received a high point (82 out of 100) performing equally well to Latvia and Lithuania and is better than Ukraine and Russia (they have 73 and 75 points accordingly).

The country scored perfectly in war and conflict parameter, getting 100 out of 100 points.