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Falling Fertility and increase in Use of Contraception in Zimbabwe
Authors: Akim Mturi, Kembo Joshua
Source: African Journal of Reproductive Health, June 2011; 15(2): 31
Topic(s): Contraception
Family planning
Country: Africa
Published: JUN 2011
Abstract: Abstract Zimbabwe does not feature much on the current debate of fertility transition in sub-Saharan Africa. This article is trying to fill this gap by analysing the ZDHS data. The total fertility rate of Zimbabwe was close to 7 births during independence in 1980. However, it has declined to 3.8 in 2006. This does not only show that fertility in Zimbabwe has been declining over the years, but it is one of the lowest in the region. The fertility trend observed is mainly explained by use of contraception. The contraceptive prevalence rate was 60 percent in 2006. It is noted that the contraceptive uptake has continued to increase even during the years when Zimbabwe was going through serious political, economic, social and health challenges. This is because the groundwork done on the family planning programme soon after independence put a solid foundation in motivating women to use contraception.