Lamu County has a population of just over 101,000 people. About two in five (41%) people are aged below 15, 15% are aged under 5 and 22% are aged 10-19. Lamu County’s total fertility rate (4.2) is about the same as the national rate of 3.9 and also means that Lamu County has a high birth rate. The adolescent birth rate is slightly lower than the national rate but still about 1 in every 10 girls aged 15-19 gives birth every year. Lamu County is one of 15 Counties that account for over 60% of maternal deaths in Kenya. The latest estimate of the County’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is 676 deaths per 100,000 live births. Child death rates in Lamu County mirror the national trend but are higher. High maternal and child death rates are linked to high birth rates and limited access to life saving maternal and child health interventions. This fact sheet highlights the status of key reproductive, maternal and child health interventions in Lamu County, in relation to the national status. The data are drawn from the 2009 and 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, the Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS, 2007), the UN and other national and global studies.
Lamu County Fact SheetF June, 2017