Babies are the most wonderful things. They define what’s next for the future. But while babies have very important roles both to their families and the society in general, they can be big, lifetime responsibilities to their parents. In some parts of the world, babies are born at a very fast rate you never thought was possible.
Note: Values are births per 1,000 people.
Annual Birth Rate: 38.84
Although Afghanistan has been in the middle of wars for the longest time now, the country’s birth rate is still relatively high. With almost 40 babies born each year per 1,000 of the population, they surely won’t have a shortage of new soldiers in the near future. We can only hope for peace in the nation so these kids will have a brighter future ahead of them.
Annual Birth Rate: 38.97
This South African country is the second largest in the continent. With a population of about 25 million, it’s easy to assume why there are quite a lot of babies born in the country each year. It was also quite interesting to note how Angola served as a host to around 12,000 refugees and almost 3,000 asylum seekers since 2007. Statistics also show that an Angola woman rears an average of 5 babies throughout her fertility.
Annual Birth Rate: 40.87
With a population of around 10.8 million and a birth rate of 40.87, this African nation welcomes about 432,000 babies annually. That’s a lot, considering the civil unrest that the country is experiencing. Urban Somalia is located on the northern side of the land while the rural areas are on the southern part. Out here, teens as young as 17 years old are married and are giving birth to babies.
Annual Birth Rate: 41.8
Although this land-locked African country has a fairly high birth rate, statistics show that it also has a low life expectancy and a high infant mortality rate. Technically, that should even everything out. But right now, Malawi has an estimated population of 15 million, and the forecast is that it will triple in the next three decades. And while most of the people of Malawi belong to ethnic groups, there currently are a good number of Asians and Europeans who have migrated to the county. They too, add up to the number of babies born each year.
Annual Birth Rate: 42.33
Located in East Africa, Burundi, the nation used to be a German colony. With a population of 10 million people, the country’s population growth rate is at 2.5%. The entire country is mostly rural, and it has experienced a civil uprising in 2006. Only 13% of the entire population lives in an urban setting. In Angola, a woman rears an average of six babies. One can expect fairly large families living in Burundi.
5. Burkina Faso
Annual Birth Rate: 42.42
This time located in West Africa, Burkina Faso is a fairly small land-locked country with an estimated population count of 17 million. However, the country’s high birth rate doesn’t tally up to the casual food insecurity that it experiences every now and then. Poverty is one of the common reasons why it happens. As a solution, the World Food Programme comes to their aid. However, it might also be feasible to keep the women from bearing too many babies so as not to add more to the country’s increasing population. Since a lot of people are sharing the nation’s depleted resources, it is very difficult to put an end to the food insecurity issue that the country is experiencing.
Annual Birth Rate: 42.46
Zambia is also in Southern Africa, just like Malawi. And since the two countries are within proximity to each other, it is not unlikely for them to share the same problems. Although ethnically diverse, the population count of this nation has been increasing steadily since 1931. Though Zambia is one of the most urbanized nations in the continent, the country’s high birth rate is challenged by their relatively high maternal mortality rate and under-five deaths. Mothers and babies need to improved health care in the country.
Annual Birth Rate: 44.17
Bordered by Kenya, Congo, Tanzania, and South Sudan, Uganda is one of the most populous countries in East Africa. That fairly explains why it also has a relatively high birth rate. Uganda has huge population of 34 million, but it is a fairly young one. The median age is 15 years old, which makes the country one vibrant colossal community. Combining that fact with the country’s current birth rate, the trend is expected to continue for the next few years. With the new babies in tow, Uganda’s rich culture will be preserved for a very long time.
Annual Birth Rate: 45.53
Mali is Africa’s eighth largest country. It is also the third largest gold producer in the world. But despite its large land area, Mali’s population stands at just 14 million. Its birth rate though, is generally high at the moment, so an explosion in the population in the coming years could be expected. Each woman in Mali gives birth to an average of six babies. At which rate, it won’t be very long until their population count double in size. Ironically, though, Mali also has the highest infant mortality rate in the world.
Annual Birth Rate: 46.12
Located in West Africa, Niger is the largest country in Africa. But it doesn’t have the biggest population. As of latest count, Niger’s total number of inhabitants is less than 16 million. The country’s birth rate, on the other hand, is the highest in the world. Each woman in Niger is expected to have seven babies during her fertile period. With that, their population is expected to grow at a rate of 3.3% each year. Incidentally, that is also the fastest global population growth rate. Niger is expected to catch up in terms of population count with its neighboring countries in a matter of a few years.