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Does Your Partner Support You In Family Planning?

Nairobi, September 9th 2011  – The latest results from the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey(KDHS)  2008-2009 show that Kenya is far from reaching the 2015 goals with only 58 percent of all women and 46 percent of married women ages 15 to 49 using a family planning method.

According to a statement by George Kichamu, Communication and Public Education Manager at the National Coordinating Agency for Population and Development, the latest KDHS (2008/09) shows a positive trend in key demographic and health indicators. Both the total fertility rate and contraceptive prevalence rate have shown improvement since 2003 KDHS.

Kichamu added that child vaccination has increased from 557% to 77% and other indicators have shown general improvement translating into reduced child illness and deaths. The survey shows a trend of reduction in the number of children a woman can have in a life time (TFR) is 4.6 from 4.9 in 2003.

Other indicators show that youth are sexually active, unmarried female 15 to 19 years old are not currently using contraception in any significant measures and that adolescents in the 15-19 age group (married and unmarried) had already begun bearing children, mothers continue to needlessly die as they give birth.

“The underlying message to faith-based leaders at the county is that proper management of population can lead to attainment of all the three pillars of Kenya Vision 2030.

Managing population means working towards healthier children, mothers and youths. Since adolescence marks a time filled with changes and choices, young people must acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for example to stay HIV free and healthy.

Men, elderly persons living with disabilities too require attention in order to live in dignity.” Said Kichamu

A healthy child is one whose well-being is well taken care of physically, mentally, spiritually, morally and in terms of social behavior. Every child has a right to develop to his/her full potential.

According to the KDHS result one in every 19 children in Kenya dies before their first birthday and about one in 14 before their fifth birthday.

These are children who die out of preventable causes including acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, measles, malaria, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS, yet there is ample evidence that there are cost-effective and high impact interventions that can prevent these childhood illness and deaths.

Such interventions that can prevent these childhood illnesses and deaths include; pregnant mothers delivering at a health facility under the care of qualified health care providers, spacing births by at least three years, use of insecticide treated bed nets, exclusively breast feeding children for at least 6 months and increasing access to safe water and sanitation.

All children have different needs in the childhood stage, there are specific concerns for those who re below five years, for pre-teens and for teenagers.

Childhood has long term effects that last and manifest into adulthood. Children who survive infectious diseases, malnutrition and other children threats suffer from physical stunting, intellectual impairment and generally will not reach their development potential. They will be less economically productive in later life.

There is the need to manage population growth so that economic growth can catch up, if the government increases family planning allocation to sh. 5.3 billion every year by 2015 it will have saved more than Sh 20 million in areas like education and health.

The government’s plan is to have the total fertility rate at 2.1 meaning the average number of children per woman. Currently a woman in Kenya has an average of four to five children (4.6) throughout their life.

It is important for every couple to have a family planning method to avoid over population and getting children they cannot be able to support fully. A man getting involved in family planning is very important unlike the older days when men did not care about family planning. With the current situation of economy crises in the universe men need to take part in family planning.

To encourage male involvement in family planning and reproductive health some health care facilities give men special attention. This is a great move that needs to be encouraged.

By Ngigi Kamau, Photo Courtesy of AFP

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3 Responses

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