KNBS report shows Nairobi women have lowest fertility rate

Women in Nairobi have the lowest fertility rate, a report by the Kenya National Bureau of Standards (KNBS) shows.

The report has further indicated that women’s fertility rate across the country has decreased over the years.

From the survey done, KNBS established that the number of children a woman would give birth to in her childbearing years has decreased between 1989 (4.5) and in 2022 (2.9).

The report shows that women in Nairobi, Nyamira, Machakos, Kirinyaga, Mombasa, and Kiambu have the lowest fertility rate while those in West Pokot, Wajir, and Marsabit among other counties have the highest.

Consequently, the wanted fertility rate is most prevalent in rural (3.3) than (2.5 per woman) in urban areas. The report draws a comparison that wanted fertility rate decreases as the level of education and wealth status increase.

Indicating that the fertility rate declines from 5.9 children for illiterate women to 2.4 children for women with more than secondary education.

In terms of wealth status, the fertility rate draws at 4.2 for women with the lowest wealth quantile to 2.3 children for women with the highest wealth quantile.

Additionally, the percentage of live births and current pregnancies among women aged 15–49 that were wanted has increased steadily from 45per cent in 1993 to 63per cent in 2022.

While the percentage of live births and current pregnancies that were not wanted at all has declined from 18per cent in 1993 to 9per cent in 2022.

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