Fertility, poverty and gender in South Africa: paper 2

SOURCE: Fertility: the current South African issues of poverty, HIV/AIDS & Youth: seminar proceedings
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2003
TITLE AUTHOR(S): B.A.Anderson
KEYWORDS: FERTILITY, GENDER, INFANT MORTALITY, POVERTY
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 2565

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Abstract

This paper examines the history of the level and trend of fertility in South Africa in a comparative context. It considers how current fertility levels relate to people's fertility desires. Since people want surviving children rather than simply live births, it also examines the level of, and factors related to, infant survival. Household arrangements and the welfare of children are then examined, with the focus on orphan hood and child fostering. Finally, recommendations and observations are made.