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Malawi's population is currently estimated to be over 17 million Malawi's population is currently estimated to be over 17 million Image sourced at populationmalawi.org

Population Boom Worries Malawi Legislators

Written by  Written By Blessings KANG'OMBE Mar 22, 2017

Representatives of the Parliamentary Committee on Health have hinted on the need to raise awareness of family planning among the citizenry.

They believe the move can help in reducing rapid population boom experienced in the country as statistics indicate that Malawi's population is currently estimated over 17 million.

The committee made the call in Ntcheu as the district is implementing a maternal health pilot project dubbed Results Based Financing for Maternal and Neonatal Health (RBF4MNH).

Apart from Ntcheu the pilot project is also being implemented in Balaka, Dedza and Mchinji district.

It aims at contributing to the reduction of maternal and neonatal deaths in the country through use of incentives leading to improved quality of maternal and neonatal health services.

Federal Republic of Germany and Royal Norwegian governments are bankrolling the pilot project which started in 2012 and expected to phase out at the end of the year.

Speaking to Capital FM, chairperson for the Committee expressed concern over how the country’s population is growing, stating it is a threat to already merger resources which the country has.

Juliana Lunguzi is of the view that the country can contain the trend if family planning messages are brought to rural masses for action.

"We always complain of congestion to social services in our areas but what we should realize that population boom is a major concern that needs to be dealt with.

And an ideal solution to contain population boom is that communities should embrace family planning methods hence in the long run controlling rapid population growth," Lunguzi explained.

Director of Reproductive Health in the Ministry of Health also decried on how the trend is negatively impacting socio-economic growth of the country.

Fannie Kachale disclosed that within the RBF4MNH project there is also a component where mothers are being encouraged on the need for family planning uptake.

Kachale however hailed the move by legislator to interact with communities and share with them experiences and on how best they can embrace family planning.

A traditional leader in the district concurred with the sentiments stating rapid population growth is a major issue and needs to be taken seriously by all stakeholders.

Senior Chief Makwangwala then reaffirmed total commitment among traditional leaders to intensify family planning awareness messages at local level in a bid to contain population boom.

RBF4MNH is a Government of Malawi run project under Ministry of health and working in 33 health facilities in the four impact districts.

The initiative provides incentives to health workers inform of cash bonuses as well as conditional cash transfers to expectant mothers after delivery.

The aim is to contribute to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity which still remains high in the SADC region.

 

 

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