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High number of teen mums in Meru, Nairobi-Survey

Health & Science

KNBS Director-General Macdonald Obudho. [David Njaaga, Standard]

The number of adolescents presenting with pregnancy at 1st Antenatal Care(ANC) visit has declined from 317.5thousand in 2021 to 260.4 thousand in 2022 representing 18 percent decrease.

The latest survey report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, indicates that the number of adolescents’ pregnancy between 10-19 years has decreased drastically since 2018.

The number of adolescents of between 10-14 years of age that presented with pregnancy at 1st ANC visits reduced from 23,290 in 2021 to 15,043 in 2022.

Moreover, those of 15-19 years presenting with pregnancy at 1st ANC reduced by 16.6 percent to 245,399 in 2022.

The survey noted that Bungoma, Kakamega, Narok, Nairobi City and Meru counties contributed the highest number of adolescents presenting with pregnancy at 1st ANC visit in 2022.

The report attributes the increase in fertility level in a population to early child bearing by teenagers.

Another report indicates that the proportion of registered births reported to have occurred in health facilities went up from 1,200,190 (97.8 per cent) in 2021 to1,221,444(99.0 per cent) in 2022.

Consequently, the share of registered births occurring in the community declined to 1.0 per cent in 2022 from 2.2 per cent in 2021.

There was a high proportion of births registered by women aged 20-24 at 29.8 percent followed by women aged 25-29 years at 25.9 per cent in 2022.

However, there was a drop in the share of registered births for adolescents (15-19 years) from 12.3 per cent in 2021 to 11.3 per cent in 2022.

Additionally, the proportion of registered births by single mothers increased slightly to 13.9 per cent in 2022 from 13.5 per cent in 2021.

The same report further indicates that a proportion of registered births by married women decreased to 85.6 per cent in 2022 from 85.9 per cent in 2021.

This amounted to an increase in the total number of registered births to 1,221,444(1.8 percent) in 2022.


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