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Familiy planning in Malawi

The Family Planning Programme upported by the Breuckmann-Foundation since 2013 forms part of the activities of the IIWD with particular emphasis on:

     the disabled, aged and those living with HIV/AIDS)

One main goal is to operate a mobile clinic with qualified medical personnel in order to reach out also for the population outside towns and bigger villages to support them with medical advice and treatment.

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Consequences of Overpopulation

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In one of the latest reports on the FPP in Malawi the director of the IIWD, Jane Mbale Makwera, provides new extrapolations on the development of the Malawian population. These confirm the figures provided in previous forecasts, i.e.taking into account a  population growth rate of ( presently) 3% the population of Malawi  of about 17.5 million will increase to as much as 40 million, that means a duplication within only 25 years.

The consequences of the uncontrolled population growth in Malawi will be dramatical: the main source of income in Malawi is the production and sale of agricultural products. Population growth implies an increase of own needs for food and space - thus leading to a decrease of farming land for the production of export goods and consequently to the loss of the main source of income.

Official institutions already reach their limits of possibilities. For instance the recommended number of pupils of 60 per class is already exceeded by far – the actual number is 100 as an average over the whole country. Hospitals already lack of qualified medical personnel, in particular of doctors.

As the population growth has dramatical negative effects on humans and nature the limitation of it is of vital importance. Limitation of population growth would need far less resources than the handling of the implications of the uncontrolled population growth.

Sex education, family planning and voluntary birth control

save lives

strengthen self-determination of women and girls

support health care

sustainably help to conserve our environment