The Star (Nairobi)

16 November 2012

Kenya Needs Another Operation Linda Nchi

Photo: Cindy Shiner/AllAfrica
A medical worker at a clinic counsels a patient on family planning.

editorial

ON Wednesday Planning PS Edward Sambili called for an increased take-up in family planning at the launch of the UN state of the world report,

He said government wanted to increase family planning services so that the average Kenya woman has 2 babies in her lifetime instead of the current 4.6.

Sambili was concerned that there are 300,000 abortions each year in Kenya, due to lack of access to contraception. He emphasised that child spacing allows families to invest in their children so that they meet their full potential.

The PS is absolutely right. Kenya has a big enough population to still enjoy the economic 'demographic dividend' as the population ages.

More people would not mean that the market is richer. Today 40 million Kenyans have far less purchasing power than 7 million Swedes.

We are also heading for an environmental disaster when the population will hit 65 million in 2030, 100 million in 2050 and 160 million in 2100 at present growth rates.

Increasing family planning services in Kenya should be given the same priority as sending the KDF into southern Somalia. Kenya is facing a population crisis and needs another Operation Linda Nchi.

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