Malawi families urged on birth-control -Minister says use contraceptives  

Malawi government has termed soaring population growth as a threat to the health of many and urged birth-control measures as means of regulating family size.

Minister of Health,Dr.Peter Kumpalume, Project Director for EngenderHealth,Jane Wickstrom and other Health officials at the opening of the conference at Capital Hotel on Tuesday

Minister of Health  Kumpalume, Project Director for EngenderHealth, Jane Wickstrom and other Health officials at the opening of the conference at Capital Hotel on Tuesday

Minister of Health Dr Peter Kumpalume  said  Tuesday that all families in the country  should  embrace the tendency of using contraceptive as the population of Malawi stands at 16.8 million which if not checked will triple in the next 24 years.

Kumpalume  made the call in Lilongwe when he officially opened a Client Oriented Provider Efficiency (COPE) for Contraceptive Security Dissemination meeting at Sun Bird Capital.

“There is need for married couples to embrace contraceptive use so as to prevent having unwanted babies as this put their future in jeopardy. As of now on average each women has six children which is on the high and if not checked this will result in the triple of the population in the next 24 years and we cannot afford to provide resources to this high population,”  he said.

Kumpalume assured  that Malawian women will  have access to contraceptives .

His remarks comes after Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati  is on record urgingpeople in the country to limit child bearing to four per household, saying the country’s resources cannot sustain the growing population.

“Times have changed, and we need to change. If you bear six or seven children today and each one of them bears the same number, where do you think resources to carter for their needs will come from? Where will they build houses and farm?”

She said at least four children are enough adding that government is making plans on how best the country can develop but, that cannot work if the number of children in families is not limited.

In his speech, Kumpalume said  most teenage girls are the ones at the most high risk of getting unwanted pregnancies, and  said his ministry encourages sex education for schoolchildren and adults.

Project Director for EngenderHealth who are the financers of the COPE project, Jane Wickstrom said girl need to child planning.

“ It is the aim of this project to make sure that contraceptives are found in hospitals where these girls can easily access them,” she said.

Client Oriented Provider Efficiency (COPE) for Contraceptive Security Dissemination is a project that aimed at making sure that contraceptives are found in hospitals and was operational in 60 hospitals countrywide has since helped in reducing the high rate of unwanted pregnancies.

According to the Malawi Demographic and Health Survey (MDHS 2010), Malawi’s  fertility rate stands at 5.7 children per woman, which is higher than the wanted fertility rate of 4.5 children per woman while the annual growth rate stands at 2.8 percent.

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26 thoughts on “Malawi families urged on birth-control -Minister says use contraceptives  ”

  1. Funzo says:

    Conctraceptives should be available in hospitals, as if we all can access one easily! What about religious sensibilities? Catholics aren’t too keen on that but maybe it is time to change.

  2. Parallel Market says:

    @November Rain, u r out of order to think that opposers of child birth control are poor and uneducated. Infact mosy of them speaking against use of contraceptives are rich and well educated probably more than you.

    i say no to contraceptives. Let Malawians multiply as much as they want. There is more land in Malawi, why bother! Thats how our economy can grow by enlarging the market of commodities. Think guys!! Think of China. Assuming you are selling sweets at K1 to 1bn Chinese. You will get K1bn just from sweets. Open your eyes and ears Malawi!!!!!

  3. Nkhoma says:

    New world order in motion, depopulate us using food, contraceptive, drinks, air, drugs and what so ever you can but people knows this and you all behind the scene. god forgive u till u repent or do according to His will.

  4. bamusi says:

    Zolera chani apa! Ndiye tikalera mudzatani? Fodya eti? Ife sitilora koma kugwira ntchito molimba, ana ndi chuma BAMBO. Makolo anu akanalera munaliko inu? Ganizani mwa Nzeru osati mwa nseru.

  5. truth says:

    Bible doesn’t say tikhale ngati mcenga, but tiligonjetse dziko lapansi!! now take time to calculate total usable land on earth & compare with the world population u find out that we are actually few in this world! contraception is the devil’s idea & is a new world order agenda to depopulate Africa, contraception is full of serious side effects, azimayi ambiri acotsedwa ziberekero coz of these, cancer nde imabwera ndithu coz of the same.

  6. Oracle says:

    Its too late.The population is already too high.All the signs are there.Imagine Malawi with 30-40million people.The poverty and suffering would reach alarming levels.Crime rates would go up,not just corruption but actual violence,maybe even war.People would just end up getting killed anyway.

  7. Nyani says:

    Bwana ur preaching aint enough pakhale coury order basi. Am worried with level of poverty and irresponsible fathers this country will go no where send sos we nid to slow down.

  8. ngolongondiwe says:

    Akanakutchingilani ena inu mukanabadwa?mukanayankhula za nonsense zo?aliyense ali ndi ufulu wobwera kuno ku dziko and enjoy the life that u r enjoying,jealous basi.wobadwa abadwe kuti mbweeee.

  9. Good citizen says:

    Good idea but the problem is that family planning messages and services are concentrated in town, whereas people who bear alot of children are in rural areas. Ammidziwa alibe zofunikira posamala ana koma ndi amene amabereka ana ambiri. Azakulera inu pitani mmidzimu.

  10. Baba says:

    Ine ana anga ndiatulutsa mpaka mselu. Kubeleka sapangirana. Iya!!!!!

  11. Baba says:

    Mulungu sanati tidzalele. Anati ‘TICHULUKANE ngati M’CHENGA wa M’NYANJA’ Inu mukuti chani? Lerani inuyo ife ayi. Chimanga kulibe,mankhwala kulibe,chitetezo kulibe,basi kumatiudza kuti tilele. Kupanda mitu ine ayi zanuzo mwamva?

    1. November Rain says:

      Ngati palibe yemwe anakuuzapo lero uuzidwa. Iweyo nde mutu wako siuyenda bwinobwono iyayi. If you say that chimanga, mankhwala etc kulibe, si I thought the preceding statement should have been ife tilera not the nonsense you have written here? Sukulunso ukumveka kuti sunapange. Useless little man.
      Who doesnt know that Malawi is struggling to develop; overpopulation hence pressure on reasources – social, economic etc, being oe of the major causes? Nde iweyo no nkumabwera apapa nkumati sitilera, mutu wako uli bwinobwino? Munthu opanda nzeru iwe!

  12. Fabiano says:

    MWADZIWA LITI KUTI ANTHU AKUNYERANA MOPITILIRA MUYESO? 4 CHILDREN IS ON THE HIGHER SIDE. LIMIT THE NUMBER TO 2.

    I HOPE ZIMENE MWANENA SIZINATHERE POMPO. WE NEED ACTION, OSATI KUMANGOLANKHULA. NDIYE PAJA CHILICHONSE MUMALOWETSA NDALE. MWAIWALA KUTI MALO KULIBE KU THYOLO AND MULANJE. WINIKO MUVUTANA NAYE MUONA!!!!

  13. Billy Chilewani says:

    Maximum 2 children per family. More than 2 children per family-give them identity cards which will prevent them from getting free medical services in our government hospitals. Secondly introduce the ID cards as soon as possible so that our few limited resources are only accessible to genuine Malawians not our neighbours who charge us heavily when we visit their countries’ medical facilities. We are paying heavily for this extra burden-pliz for once both govt and opposition table the National ID bill & fastrack it for approval.

  14. Himself says:

    Makamaka southerners yet land is also scarce in the region. Kaliati and Kumpalume should take this message to their home areas first Yambilani mu Yerusalem musanapite nawo uthenga wu Ku Yudeya.

  15. belekanani says:

    BULLSHIT BANJALO NDILAKOOO. LOOK BIRTH CONTROL IS NOT SOMETHING TO MESS ARROUND WITH. A FEMALE BODY NEEDS TO BE EXAMINED WHAT KIND OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN A WOMAN KATE? IN THE WEST THEY EXAMINE THEM FOR WHAT KIND OF BIRTH CONTROL. ANOTHER THING MOST MALAWIANS ARE NOT EDUCATED TO DEAL WITH BIRTH COTROL. DID YOU THINK ABOUT THAT. THEY TAKE IT AS PANADOL. WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR THE COST?
    THE INAL QUESTION: WHERE IS THE PROBLEM?

  16. Kangamkude says:

    Vasectomies r us, Having 2 children per couple is below replacement which means a declining population. Mwina tiyembekeza Dr Benjamin Kaneka kuti anena zotani poti angobwera kumene ku maphunziro a udotolo

  17. lipenga says:

    225 for Jacob Zuma 99 against Zuma in a Trust Vote. The opposition brought the motion , why can’t our opposition leaders in Malawi bring the motion to impeach Peter Mutharika? if he can win then we will all wait until 20l9 election that’s democracy .the out cry against this government is overwhelming and its only Malawi voice the DPP mouth piece that sees everything going well under mutharika. sorry to put my comment on a wrong topic,I am just tired of Mutharika

  18. Kangamkude says:

    A vasectomies r us, Having only 2 children per couple is below replacement level fertility which means we will have a declining population. Mwina tiyembekeze a Dr Benjamin Kaneka kuti anena zotani.

  19. Mbuya says:

    As far as you hv money even 8 can do lne will hv 9

  20. Parallel Market says:

    Palibe. We will not use contraceptives. Tibelekane basi. Every family must produce a minimum of six children. We have plenty of land in Malawi why bother!! The only problem is mis-management of resources including land. Let people multiply as much as they can. Dont stop them.

    1. November Rain says:

      Its a tragedy to be poor and stupid, you boy are both.
      You should have known the importance of the message being put forth and therefore stopped being stupid. You cant see that overpopulation is a problem? Get some education, you will know. Osamangokhala iyayi.

  21. Alfred says:

    A family of more than two children will always live under pressure financially. Good people limit the number of children to two only. Yes one can die, or even both of them can die leaning you childless. Who will not die? The ultimate objective of being on earth is not to have as many children as the sand of the sea. The main objective is to live a fulfilling life and leave the world a much better place than the way you found it.

  22. golo says:

    Lets limit this child bearing practice by enacting a law in parliament which should allow couples to have a maximum of 2 children. It also boils down to high literacy levels prevalent in our country. Families with better education have fewer children. Therefore Government needs to target the illiterate masses mostly in rural areas.

  23. Christian says:

    This is a real international satanic agenda of depopulisation turning the word of God upside down making evil look good and good look evil.’NOTHING THAT GOES AGAINST GOD WINS’

  24. vasectomies r us says:

    even 4 children is too much. every man shud have only 2 children! lets go the china route or anyone who has more than 2 children will pay extra tax.

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