Forty percent of the country’s population is below 15 years of age according to the just-released Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) 2023.
The report released in Nairobi on Monday also indicated that 76 percent of births were registered, with Nyeri recording the highest registration of births at 96 percent while Wajir recorded the lowest at 30 percent.
The report revealed that the number of teenagers aged between 15 to 19 years having babies has declined nationally.
Samburu recorded the highest number of teenage pregnancies at 50 percent while Nyeri recorded the least.
The school attendance ratio at the primary school level is 85 percent among primary school-age-going children while 49 percent of children within secondary school age recorded attending school.
Nearly all Kenyan women or 98 percent reported receiving antenatal care from a skilled provider for their most recent live birth or stillbirth.
On the other hand, home deliveries have declined from as high as 52 percent over ten years ago to 11 percent as of now.
On vaccination, only six out of 10 children are fully vaccinated. Only 60 percent of women breastfeed exclusively within the first six months of their child’s life, as maternal and child healthcare experts recommend.