March 2014

RPHC4 Thematic Report: Fertility

The objectives of the present report are to estimate the current levels of fertility, trends over time, geographical and socio-economic variations in fertility in Rwanda. The three main findings of the analysis are:

  • Fertility is decreasing substantially in Rwanda but not at a too low level that would compromise the replacement of the population at the next generation.
  • Fertility varies substantially over provinces and women‟s characteristics.
  • Not negligible proportions of Rwandan women have high-risky fertility behaviours (childbearing at adolescence and at late age) that compromise their own and children‟s health and well-being.
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