To Date, Kenya’s Rural Birth Rates Defy Family Planning Effort

April 16, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Kenya rural birth rates defy family planning drive

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Kenya’s poor rural households have defied the well-oiled birth control campaigns to retain their position as drivers of the country’s rapid population growth, a newly released demographic report says.

On average, a rural woman has nearly twice the number of children as her urban counterpart while the poorest family in Kenya today has three times as many children as a rich one, according to the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) report that was released on Wednesday.

The survey, conducted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), however shows that the country’s birth rate has dropped from 4.6 children per family five years ago to 3.9 by end of 2014 – mainly driven by a decline in the number of children in rich and urban families.

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