- Author: Journal of Health Population and Nutrition
- Release Date : 2004-03-01
- Genre: Health & Fitness
- File Size: 266267 Bytes
INTRODUCTION Fertility in Nepal is high and has remained so over the last several decades, although the fertility rate has declined over the last decade or so. The total fertility rate (births per woman) according to the 1981 census was 6.1 and came down to 4.3 by 1999. These are high numbers not only compared to the rates around the world (3.7 and 2.7 in 1981 and 1999 respectively) but also high compared to the averages for low-income countries (5.3 and 3.7 in 1981 and 1999 respectively) and South Asian countries (5.3 and 3.4 in 1981 and 1999 respectively). It is argued that reducing total fertility rates in a country is an essential component of attaining demographic transition in a country and improving the standard of living of its people....