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Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:31 - Updated Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:31

One out of 15 women dies during pregnancy or labour

Luanda - One out of 15 Angolan women dies during pregnancy or labour.

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One out of 15 women dies during pregnancy or labour

Photo: António Escrivão

An angle of the building of the National Institute of Statistics

Photo: Francisco Miúdo

This was said on Tuesday in Luanda by the technician of the Department of Demographic and Social Statistics of the National Statistic Institute (INE), Eliana Quintas. 

Speaking to Angop on the occasion of the World Population Day, 11 July, the official said that on average, each Angolan woman in reproductive age gives birth to six children in the course of their lifetime.   

She also underscored that the country’s record of married people seeking family planning is of 52 percent, but only 14 percent have their needs satisfied through the use of contraceptive methods.

However, the official added that on average Angolans have unplanned childbirth. 

According to her, men consider 5,9 children as the ideal number, while women tend to have only 4,9 kids.  

Eliana Quintas underlined that 18 percent of the women aged between 15 and 19 are married or live with a partner and one out of 20 have their first children before completing 15 years of age.

The northeastern Lunda Sul province currently records the country’s highest childbirth rate with 60 percent, followed by central Cuanza Sul with 59 percent.  Luanda has the lowest rate with 21 percent.

She stressed that the country’s working force is made up by people with 15 to 64 years of age, covering 12.980.098 million and representing 50 percent of the country’s population.

People with 65 years of age or above comprise 612.430 individuals, representing only two percent of the country’s population.

The labour market absorbs about 40 percent of the population with 15 years of age or above, with the primary sector taking  44,2 percent, the secondary 6,1 percent. The tertiary sector responds to 26,2 percent of the people employed.

The provinces of Cabinda and Luanda respond to less than two percent of the country’s aged people, while Cunene and Bengo have the highest number of elderly people.

The Angolan population is estimated at 25.7 million people,  according to the latest population census of 2014.

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