Whenever 'Family Planning' is mentioned, the first thought to strike is Condom. I come from a very rural area, very poor and the region has got one of the highest birth rate in Kenya and its mortality rate is significantly high. Siaya County, just like other major towns in western part of Kenya, still have higher HIV rate infections compared to other regions in Kenya, malaria still killing people and poverty is order of the day.
Coastal region, known worldwide for its relaxing and beautiful beaches, not only attracts millions of foreign tourists every year but also where most Kenyans prefer going for holidays. But, most of its residents are poor, illiterate and jobless. Most of young people in this region are perishing through drug abuse.
I will not talk about Central Kenya where locals are languishing in poverty, living in squalor conditions and also Northern Kenya where they are struggling with high rate of joblessness, insecurity and illiteracy.
With above picture in mind, according to National Council for Population and Development Report (http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/DN2/Plans+to+tame+Kenyas+exploding+population/-/957860/1606646/-/12plw8mz/-/index.html) it says population is growing at the rate of 1millon per year and women will continue to giving birth to average of 4.6 children per woman. This is a worrying trend.
Experts are positing the idea of 2 children Policy to help curb the population rate. For this to work, Kenya needs to:
- Improve quality and accessibility of education to both girls and boys: Even though education is 'free' in Kenya, most families prefer enrolling their children to private education as the quality in public schools has taken a nose dive. Rural schools still lack adequate materials and poor families are still struggling to provide necessities like uniforms and books. The disparity of quality between private and public is so clear that the government has been accused of tampering with national results. Future begins with now.
An educated woman is an informed woman who has the will and access to explore contraceptives and thus plan her family well.