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.
Jul 09, 2001