Fertility Problems and Fertility Care in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Kenya



Having children is important to most people. Nevertheless, fertility care for involuntarily childless couples is not a high priority for governments in developing countries. Governments and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in these countries give more urgency and money to programs which support contraception and safe abortions, because of concerns, for example, about population growth and life-threatening diseases such as HIV/AIDS. In highly pronatalist countries, however, the consequences of having fertility problems can have an enormous negative impact on the life and well-being of involuntarily childless couples. The focus of this chapter will be on infertility, fertility problems and involuntary childlessness in Kenya. In this chapter we describe the findings of a mixed method study among men and women with fertility problems that was carried out in Kenya in 2016. The following themes are addressed: knowledge of fertility problems, the need to have children, rejections from society because of not having a child, fertility-related quality of life, loneliness versus support and sharing, and fertility treatment (considerations and experiences).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Institute of Child Development and EducationUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Community and Public HealthTechnical University of KenyaNairobiKenya
  3. 3.Footsteps for Fertility FoundationNairobiKenya
  4. 4.Amsterdam Institute for Social Science ResearchUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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