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DATE: 11TH JULY, 2019


The 2019 World Population Day is a great moment in the history of Kenya as the globe prepares a debut for the ICPD25 Nairobi Summit.; this is a momentous journey as the World rekindles the 1994 Cairo conference on ICPD.  Since 1987 when The World Population Day’s idea was incepted, the celebrations have gone beyond normal celebrations and ritualistic moments; great progress has been made amidst challenges and emerging issues every day.

Back in 1987, the World had around 5 Billion People; today the world has a population of about 7.3 billion people, Kenya had a population of about 21 million people; today Kenya has a population of about 52 million people.

Contrary to the World before 1987, today more women have access to sexual reproductive health services. Fewer girls are subjected to child marriage, and fewer women die from the pregnancy-related complications.

Today, the number of maternal deaths each year, for example, decreased by about 40 per cent over the last 25 years and today, one in five girls is forced into marriage before age 18, compared with one in three in 1994. We, however,  have to make bold and courageous moves to get to the three ZEROS: zero unmet needs for family planning, Zero maternal deaths and zero violence and harmful practices against women and girls, including child marriage and female genital mutilation.


As the World convenes in Nairobi in November this year, despite the challenges, Kenya is more hopeful than ever before; in the Presidents’ Big 4 Agenda, Universal Health Coverage spells big hope towards Accelerating the promise. The commitment of the government to improving health care for all is a new dawn to reproductive health component in totality.

The National Council for Population and Development is playing its rightful role towards realizing its mandate; we continue to promote and coordinate population and development activities in Kenya as well as acting as a focal point for leadership and guidance in matters related to population and development in the country.

Lastly, I would wish to welcome all Kenyans to join us in marking this important day.


Please see also Life expectancy a factor of better health care- Dr. Kibaru-Mbae