Experts say Kenya has no prospects of achieving Vision 2030 unless number of children is controlled
BY GATONYE GATHURA
The government plans to vigorously promote a policy requiring women to have only two children.
The move comes after the realisation that the country can no longer sustain the population at the current birth rates of more than four children per woman.
The Kenya Population Situation Analysis, released yesterday by the Ministry of Devolution and Planning says the demand for children is still big in Kenya and must be managed downwards.
“The demand for children is still high and is unlikely to change unless substantial changes in desired family size are achieved among the poor in general, notably in the northern arid and semi-arid areas of the country,” says the analysis, the first of its kind to be done in any African country.
The analysis was availed by the ministry’s Economic Secretary Stephen Wainaina on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru.
The document falls short of suggesting the two-child policy be made mandatory. The authors leave no doubt that Kenya has no prospects of achieving Vision 2030 or significantly improving the lives of its people unless the desire for more children is contained.
In the absence of a punishment and reward system for achieving the two-child-policy, the authors suggest a robust, well financed and articulated family planning campaigns backed by health workers and contraceptives.
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