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The fertility and population growth rates in Uganda are among the highest in the world, according to a new survey by Uganda's Population Secretariat (POPSEC). The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) for 2000 indicated that a Ugandan woman would give birth to an average of 6.5 children, the state-owned 'New Vision' newspaper quoted Acting Director of POPSEC, Paddy Nahabwe, as saying. "By comparison, a Kenyan woman will have an average of 4.5 children in her lifetime. This means that our population is growing rapidly and continuing to exert pressure on the environment," he added.