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  1. Gap between preferred and actual birth intervals in Sub-Saharan Africa : implications for fertility and child health

    Using Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data from 20 subSaharan countries, this article compares women’s actual lengths of birth intervals to preferred lengths and assesses the implications of the difference for selected demographic and health indicators. The results show a clear pattern. Women prefer much longer birth intervals than they actually have in Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe, compared with women in the other 15 countries studied. …

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