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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fertility rate in Kenya on the decline

KENYA’S birth rates have fallen in the past five years, a new survey shows.

The 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey released yesterday shows Kenyan women have an average of 3.9 births, marking a decline from the total fertility rate of 4.6 recorded in the 2008-09 survey.

The findings show women in urban areas have 1.5 less children, compared to their rural counterparts, with dramatic variations among counties.

“Fertility decreases by education. Women with no education have an average of 6.5 children, while women with secondary or higher education have an average of 3.0 children,” the survey says.

It says women from poor households have an average of 6.4 births, compared with their counterparts from wealthy households, who only have 2.8 births.

Wajir county recorded the highest fertility rate during the time under study at 7.8.

It was followed by West Pokot at 7.2, Turkana at 6.9 and Samburu at 6.3.

The report attributes the decline to the use of contraceptives.

A total of 31,079 women aged 15-39 and 12,819 men aged between 15-54 in selected households across the country were sampled in the survey conducted between May and October 2014.

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