High fertility rate impacts education, health investments – Loop PNG

Senior fellow at the East West Center in Hawaii and expert in population, health and economic studies, Andrew Mason, said the majority of the population in these countries is young adults.

PNGs fertility rate was reported at 3.7 in 2015, according to the World Bank collection of development indicators.

Mason highlighted that about half the population is under the age of 25 and thats the age in which people start to provide for themselves.

He explained that in low income countries similar to PNG, youths dont produce enough to look after themselves to an even older age.

For a lot of low income countries, it takes young adults a long time to really find good jobs and be contributing members to their economies so you have this very large group that is costly.

A family has to develop resources to support four to six children and that means theres less for each child.

If we dont educate our children, if theyre not healthy, then that affects them when theyre adults and that affects their children and their grandchildren, Mason said.

He added that the government must focus on establishing reproductive health programs widely available to anybody who wants them. This includes programs devoted to infant child health, maternal mortality and reproduction services.

Fertility rate is the ratio of live births in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 population per year.

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