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Following a period of relatively rapid decline in the 1980s and early 1990s, the Egyptian fertility decline slowed down during the later part of the 1990s. The main objective of the Slow Fertility Transition (SFT) project was to better understand the current slow pace of fertility decline in Egypt and to identify policies that can facilitate decline to replacement level. This project investigated attitudes toward childbearing and, in particular, receptivity to the two-child family. The SFT project re-interviewed a subsample of 3,286 currently married women who had been interviewed in the 2003 EIDHS. Two further samples were also interviewed in 2004: a sample of unmarried women and men aged 18–29 (917 women and 945 men) selected from the EIDHS household sample. With the successful completion of the data collection and data processing phase, according to this report the priorities of the second phase were to complete scientifically sound and policy-relevant analysis of the SFT data, to ensure that the findings are effectively disseminated to key audiences in Egypt, and to identify policies and programs that would help the Egyptian government achieve replacement-level fertility by 2017.






Frontiers in Reproductive Health