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Latest items for MABFC-DATA-2

Aug. 21, 2019, 10:15 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"The median birth interval in Zimbabwe has decreased in Zimbabwe from 47.1 months in 2010-11 to 43.5 months in 2015" (75).
July 23, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"The median birth interval in Afghanistan is 28.4 months" (77).
July 8, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"The median birth interval increased from 29.2 months in 2000-01 to 31.9 months in 2016" (85).
June 10, 2019, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"The median birth interval has increased from 32.7 months in 1992 to 41 months in 2015-16" (69).
June 5, 2019, 11:40 a.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"More than one fifth of non-first births in the 5-year period before the 2015-16 ADHS took place within 24 months of a previous birth, and 11 percent occurred within 18 months of the older sibling" (55). "The median birth interval was 41.6 months, which was 4.4 months longer than the median birth interval reported in the 2010 ADHS (37.2 months). Despite the increase in the average birth interval, the results in Table 5.6 indicate that a substantial proportion of non-first births still take place at too short an interval; more than one fifth (23 percent) of non-first births in the five-year period before the 2015-16 ADHS took place within 24...more
May 10, 2019, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"The median birth interval is 36.8 months. One in four births (25%) occurred less than 24 months after the preceding birth" (57).
May 1, 2019, 10:54 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"As one would expect in a low-fertility population, births in Albania are widely spaced. Almost 90% of non-first births occur 24 months or more after the preceding birth, and 38% occur more than 60 months after the preceding birth. The median birth interval is 50.7 months (Table 5.6, Figure 5.6)" (70).
April 22, 2019, 6:15 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

Table no. 3 shows average age of mother by childbirth order of live births in BiH between 2010 and 2014. In 2010 the average spacing between births was 2,025 years; in 2011 it was of 2,05 years; in 2012 it was of 2,125 years; in 2013 it was of 1,95 years; and in 2014 it was of 2 years (5).
March 1, 2019, 9:06 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"The median birth interval is 28.8 months, with 36% of births occurring less than 24 months after the preceding birth" (59). "In Tajikistan, more than one in three (36%) non-first births occur within 24 months of a previous birth, with 17% taking place less than 18 months after a preceding birth (Figure 5.4)" (60). "The median duration of any breastfeeding in Tajikistan is 18.7 months (Table 12.4). However, the median durations of exclusive and predominant breastfeeding (breastfeeding along with plain water, water-based liquids, or juice) are shorter (1.4 months and 5.2 months, respectively). The mean durations of exclusive breastfeeding and predominant breastfeeding are longer (3.5 months and 6.5 months, respectively)"...more
Feb. 1, 2019, 2:36 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"The median birth interval in Ethiopia is 34.5 months. The interval is longer in urban areas than in rural areas" (77).
Oct. 28, 2018, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"He has educated his own bishop on these matters and he talks of timing and spacing of children as being part of the issue. 'A baby a year? No, we have to advocate for women but male involvement is key. Men say to women: <> But no'" (para 16). This implies the average spacing between births is of one year (CCS-CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 27, 2018, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"Maija Issufo, a district health committee volunteer, who was married at 22 and at 27 has four children... had heard about birth spacing – the practice of waiting 18 months between a birth and a subsequent pregnancy – and was taking a break this year. 'The children grow up better, without so many health problems,' she said." (para 15).
Oct. 19, 2018, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"Thirty percent of births came less than two years after the preceding birth" (page 55). "The duration of the interval that separates the birth of one child from the preceding birth influences the state of the mother's and the child's health. . . . Table 5.6 present the distribution of births that took place in the last five years before the survey by number of months since the preceding birth and the median number of months since the preceding birth, in function of certain socio-demographic characteristics. The results demonstrate that 13% of births took place less than 18 months after the preceding birth and 17% of children were born between...more
April 17, 2018, 4:54 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"The median birth interval has lengthened to 35 months, up from 33 months over the previous decade" (page 105). "Short birth intervals, typically thought of as intervals of less than 24 months, place newborns and their mothers at increased health risk. The median birth interval length in Tanzania is 35 months, thus, half of non-first births occur within three years after a previous birth. One in five births (19%) is born within two years of the previous birth. One in three births (34%) occur within 24-35 months after the previous birth, and nearly one in every two births (48%) occur at least three years after the previous birth (Table 5.5...more
Jan. 8, 2018, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"In Myanmar, only 13% of non-first births occurred within 24 months after the preceding birth, and 5% occurred less than 18 months after the preceding birth (Table 5.5, Figure 5.4). The median birth interval for Myanmar as a whole is more than 4 years (49 months)—54 months in urban areas and 48 months in rural areas" (69).
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"Obtaining accurate information regarding reproductive rights was difficult. The country’s initial report to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, submitted in 2002, claimed 'family planning is mapped out by individual families in view of their actual circumstances and in compliance with laws, regulations, morality, and customs…women have the decision of the spacing of children in view of their own wish, health condition, and the like. But usually the spacing of children is determined by the discussion between the wife and the husband.' Independent sources were not able to substantiate this claim"(13)
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"Fatima left her husband in June 2015 and, at the time of the interview, was applying for a divorce while staying in a private shelter. Her 14-year-old son was living with her family and her 4-year-old son was still with her husband. She wanted to have her children with her"(7)."Khadija (pseudonym), 23, married in 2011 [this report was published in 2016] and lived with her husband in Oujda. At the time of the interview, she had a 7-month-old son and was pregnant"(8)."Shayma (pseudonym), 38, lived in Salé with her husband and three children. She married him when she was in her late 20s"(9)
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

"The increase in marriage during the war was accompanied by a substantial drop in marital fertility across all age groups other than adolescents. This suggests that a larger number of married women were using contraception both to space births and to stop childbearing. The increased use of birth control within marriage was certainly facilitated by the wider availability of family planning information and services following the regime change in 2003" (17).
Oct. 8, 2016, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

“Birth intervals continue to increase in Lesotho. The median birth interval has grown from 42.4 months in 2004 to 45.8 months in 2014” (71). “The median birth interval in Lesotho is 45.8 months. Eleven percent of all children in Lesotho are born within 24 months of a previous birth (Table 5.5 and Figure 5.4). Short birth intervals place newborns and their mothers at increased health risk” (73). “Birth intervals have increased modestly over the last decade in Lesotho, with the median interval growing by about 3 months between 2004 and 2014 (from 42.4 to 45.8 months). The proportion of children born too soon—after an interval of less than 24 months—has...more
Oct. 8, 2016, 4:07 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

“Birth intervals are generally long in Bangladesh, with a median interval of 52 months. The median interval increased from 47 months in 2011. The proportion of women with a birth interval of less than 36 months declined from 32 percent in 2011 to 29 percent in 2014” (49). “The percentage of women who have never given birth is quite low (less than 2.5 percent) among all women age 35-44, indicating that childbearing among Bangladeshi women is nearly universal” (56). “Birth intervals are generally long in Bangladesh, with a median interval of 52 months. Lengthy breastfeeding and a long period of postpartum amenorrhea are likely to contribute to the relatively high...more
Sept. 14, 2016, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

“Table 5.5 shows that 7 percent of births are less than 18 months apart and 23 percent have an interval of less than two years. Two in five births (39 percent) take place 24-35 months after the previous birth, and 20 percent occur 36-47 months after the previous birth” (72). “The median birth interval is 31.7 months, roughly the same as the median interval in the 2008 NDHS (31.4 months). Thirty-nine percent of all nonfirst births occur at least 36 months after the previous birth” (72). “The median number of months since the preceding birth increases markedly with age, from 26.3 months among mothers age 15-19 to 37.7 months among...more
Sept. 14, 2016, 3:55 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

“Table 4.7 shows that the overall median birth interval for Namibia is 42.3 months. In the five years preceding the survey 13 percent of children were born within 24 months after a preceding birth, 26 percent were born 2 to 3 years after their older sibling, and 42 percent were born 4 years or more after a preceding birth” (47). “The shortest birth intervals are observed among children born to women age 15-19 (24.7 months) and children whose preceding sibling died (30.4 months)” (47). “Birth intervals are longest for children born to women with higher than secondary education (47.6 months)” (47). “The median birth interval is 10 months longer in...more
Sept. 14, 2016, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

“Ghanaian women are amenorrhoeic for a median of 8.4 months, abstain for a median of 5.9 months, and are insusceptible to pregnancy for a median of 10.4 months” (59). “More than 1 in 10 non-first births (13 percent) occur after too short an interval following a preceding birth (less than 24 months)” (59). “The median birth interval in Ghana is 39 months, a slight decrease from the median of 40 months reported in the 2008 GDHS. More than 1 in 10 non-first births (13 percent) occur after too short an interval (less than 24 months) following a preceding birth” (65). “The median number of months since a preceding birth increases...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:55 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

“Table 5.5 shows that 7 percent of births are less than 18 months apart and 23 percent have an interval of less than two years. Two in five births (39 percent) take place 24-35 months after the previous birth, and 20 percent occur 36-47 months after the previous birth” (72). “The median birth interval is 31.7 months, roughly the same as the median interval in the 2008 NDHS (31.4 months). Thirty-nine percent of all nonfirst births occur at least 36 months after the previous birth” (72). “The median number of months since the preceding birth increases markedly with age, from 26.3 months among mothers age 15-19 to 37.7 months among...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:50 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

“Half of births occur within three years of a previous birth, with 18 percent occurring within 24 months” (xxi). “Half of births occur within three years of a previous birth, with 18 percent occurring within 24 months” (65). “Eighteen percent of Kenyan children are born less than 24 months after a previous birth. The most common birth interval category is 24-35 months (32 percent), while the least common birth interval is 7-17 months (7 percent)” (71). “The median birth interval is 36.3 months, a slight increase from 33.1 months in the 2008-09 KDHS. The median birth interval increases with the age of the mother, is longer for children whose preceding...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:47 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

“Table 5.5 shows that 7 percent of births are less than 18 months apart and 23 percent have an interval of less than two years. Two in five births (39 percent) take place 24-35 months after the previous birth, and 20 percent occur 36-47 months after the previous birth” (72). “The median birth interval is 31.7 months, roughly the same as the median interval in the 2008 NDHS (31.4 months). Thirty-nine percent of all nonfirst births occur at least 36 months after the previous birth” (72). “The median number of months since the preceding birth increases markedly with age, from 26.3 months among mothers age 15-19 to 37.7 months among...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:46 a.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

“Ten percent of women and 6 percent of men are living together with their partners, 3 percent of women and 4 percent of men are divorced or separated, and 6 percent of women and 1 percent of men are widowed” (27). “Data in Table 4.6 show that about 5 percent of births are less than 18 months apart and 16 percent have an interval of less than two years. Three in ten births are born 24-35 months after the previous birth, and 31 percent are at least three years apart” (54). “The median birth interval in Swaziland is 37.9 months. The median number of months since a preceding birth increases...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:45 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

“In the Philippines, the median interval between births is 35 months (Table 5.6). While 24 percent of births occur five or more years after a previous birth, a similar proportion, one in four non-first births, occurs within two years of a previous birth” (46). “Younger women have shorter birth intervals than older women. The median birth interval is 28 months for women age 20-29 and 51 months for women age 40 and older. There is a decreasing relationship between birth order and median birth interval, from 36 months for second and third births to 35 months for fourth through sixth births, and to 31 months for higher-order births (Figure 5.3)”...more
Aug. 23, 2016, 5:13 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1, MABFC-DATA-1, MABFC-DATA-2, BR-DATA-1

"Early and mostly arranged marriages, frequent and early pregnancies are also important problems that are still seriously affecting women Turkey, especially those in rural areas"(para 16)
July 27, 2016, 10:06 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MABFC-DATA-2

“Birth intervals are generally long in Bangladesh, with a median interval of 47 months” (66). “Birth intervals are slightly longer in urban (55 months) than in rural (46 months) areas. There are marked differences in median birth intervals by administrative divisions. The median birth interval is longest in Khulna (61 months) and shortest in Sylhet (38 months)” (66). “The birth interval increases from 45 months among women with no education to 49 months among women with an incomplete secondary education and to 56 months among those with a complete secondary education or higher” (66). “Similarly, the median birth interval for the highest wealth quintile is nearly 5 years (57 months),...more