advertisement

News

Kenya women having fewest children in East Africa

Nyeri mums during a recent breastfeeding campaign. File photo | nmg
Nyeri mums during a recent breastfeeding campaign. File photo | nmg  

Kenyan women are having the lowest number of children in East Africa, translating to smaller family sizes compared to their counterparts in Burundi and Uganda, which are leading the region’s child bearing race.

A newly released report shows that Kenya’s fertility rate — average births per woman — has stagnated at 3.9, or about four children in the past two years, having dropped from an average of five in 2008.

At 3.9, Kenya’s fertility rate is below Africa’s average of 4.6 or about five children for every woman but still higher than the global average of 2.5, according to World Population Data prepared by US-based Population Reference Bureau (PRB).

The shift in fertility rates has changed the pecking order in the region where Burundi tops the list with a fertility rate of 5.5, or nearly six children for every woman, followed by Uganda (5.4), Tanzania (5.2), Ethiopia (4.6), Rwanda (4.2) and Kenya (3.9).

advertisement