Time to limit children

Malawi to limit children per couple

LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow) -Malawi government is considering an option of restricting couples to two children,  a policy copied from China to slow the population growth rate.

Malawi’s population is now at 17.7 million.

China first introduced one-child policy, a part of the family planning policy, It is estimated to have prevented about 400 million births.

However concerns at China’s ageing population led to pressure for change and couples are now allowed to have two children.

Malawi wants to adopt the policy as Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Goodall Gondwe argued for the need of re enforcement of tight family planning methods that would stop the population boom.

“We have more people to feed and income per capita is expected to be reduced,” Gondwe said.

But human rights activists argue that Malawi women will not enjoy reproductive rights if the policy is adopted.

They argued that the policy may lead to many forced abortions, female infanticide, and the under-reporting of female births.

As of 1 January 2016, the population of Malawi was estimated to be 17.7 million people.

This is an increase of 2.76 % compared to population of 17.2 million the year before. In 2015 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 476,942.

The sex ratio of the total population was 1.002 (1002 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio.

The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1016 males to 1000 females as of 2015.

Below are the key figures for Malawi population in 2015:

  • 705,142 live births
  • 228,200 deaths

Natural increase (Difference between deaths and live births): 476,942 people

Net migration: 0 people

  • 8,880,146 males as of 31 December 2015
  • 8,858,532 females as of 31 December 2015