We have learned that family planning is the most important way to improve people’s lives in the long term. There are many great projects that give people clean drinking water or jobs. All of these programs are beneficial, but they can only reach their full potential and bring about lasting improvement through family planning. In this article you will learn about why this is the case.
Less children equals less expenses for nutrition and health care
Just under half of the inhabitants of Kisumu County, Kenya, earn less than USD 1.90 per day and therefore live below the poverty line. This means that almost every second person does not earn enough to buy essentials. Due to the growing population, most families have little land to grow food themselves. The situation is made worse by the birth rate of 4.4 children per woman and the very young population (44% are under 14 years of age). The more children have to be fed from the already low income, the more serious are the consequences such as malnutrition and immunodeficiency. The HIV prevalence of 19.9% as well as a multitude of opportunistic diseases (malaria, typhoid, tuberculosis, etc.) additionally increase the need for good health care and are one of the reasons for a child mortality rate of 5.2%. All these factors stand in the way of a healthy development in childhood – this can be prevented by family planning.