oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Patterns of fertility among Africans in Glen Norah township, Salisbury

Volume 25, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



At the time of the last Rhodesian census (1969) the high growth rate (3,6 percent per annum) of the African population caused general concern. The 3,6 percent growth rate resulted from a crude birth rate of 5,2 percent balanced against a crude death rate of 1,6 percent. As there is no immediate prospect of a further census, early notification of births is uncommon and estimates based on attendances at Family Planning Clinics do not relate directly to the attendances of individual women, it was decided to assess the fertility rate among all women in a prescribed area, considering at the same time relevant aspects of the practice of family planning.

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