Population Dynamics & Reproductive Health

Family Planning, Fertility and Population Growth

Progress towards goals 4 (reducing child mortality) and 5 (improving maternal health) of the millennium development goals (MDGs) has been generally slow in sub-Saharan Africa.  To meet these and other MDGs, sub-Saharan Africa’s best hope remains its vast and untapped Human Capital. Yet, about 4 million infants and children continue to die annually from preventable causes, whilst unchecked unintended pregnancy increasingly contributes to unsafe abortion and consequently poor maternal health outcomes. Emerging evidence asserts that the disparity in key family planning and sexual reproductive health indicators is widening, making it clear that our Human Capital has been and is under threat. We need to focus our efforts toward providing robust scientific evidence to guide crucial policy generation and implementation to curb the needless hemorrhage. In doing this we would not only have a fighting chance at meeting the MDGs but we would also have saved and positively impacted countless lives.

Current Project


Reversing the Stall in Fertility Decline in Western Kenya

Program: Population Dynamics & Reproductive Health

This was an initial three-year demonstration project, which has been extended for another three years. The first three-year phase of the study was implemented in 2010/2012 in four rural districts in Nyanza and Western provinces in Kenya. The demonstration phase of the project sought to increase routine use of modern contraceptives among Kenyan women through a community-based initiative.

The current phase of the project scales up the community-based family planning (FP) initiative in the two large counties of Kenya – Siaya and Busia. The long-term goal of the project is to improve the general health status of the target communities through reducing unwanted and mistimed pregnancies, unsafe/illegal abortion, maternal morbidity and mortality, and fertility rate.

This project is in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation Kenya.

Partner Institutions 

  • Marie Stopes Kenya (MSK)
  • Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK)
  • Great Lakes University Kenya (GLUK)
  • Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK)
  • Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA)
  • Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)

Project Period

  • Phase 1: September 2009 – October 2012
  • Phase 2: November 2012 – October 2015


Project Funders

  • david_packard

    www.packard.org ...

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