Rwanda Records Fertility Decline

East African Business Week

Rwanda has continued to achieve a steady decline in fertility over the years coming down from about 6.1 children per woman to about 4.1 which is in line with the use of contraceptive methods.

This was indicated in the 5th Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) conducted by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda together with the Ministry of Health.

Presenting the key findings from the survey last week to the media, Ministry of finance and economic planning and development partners, Director General, NISR, Yusuf Murangwa said, “A slowdown in the take up of family planning methods was seen”.

“We see between 2005- 2010 take up being quite high from 27%- 45%, whereas take up of any contraceptive methods (any methods)  in 2014/15, we are getting from 45%-48%, which is something that all stakeholders and partners working in this domain have to look at very critically and see what is happening,” Murangwa said.

The survey which has a very strong health component that involves testing and making sure that things like HIV, malaria are well captured. It was started in November, 2014  and concluded in April, 2015, with expectations to disseminate more results in the second quarter of next year 2016.

According to Murangwa the education levels of Rwandans overall improved since the last DHS.