Inadequate family planning methods fostering rapid population growth
Phalombe, Malawi – June 18, 2014: The shortage of adequate family planning methods and trained medical personnel in heath facilities are said to be contributing towards rapid population growth in the country.
This was disclosed on Wednesday at an interface meeting that the Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) in conjunction with the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development (EP&D) held with Non-Governmental Organizations in Phalombe with the objective of analyzing the effects of rapid population growth on the country’s social economic development.
In her remarks at the meeting, Family Planning Coordinator for Phalombe District Cottana Mtembo said stocks of the various family planning methods such as pills and condoms usually run out for days before end of the month causing women to use methods that they are not familiar and comfortable with which sometimes leads to unnecessary pregnancies.
“Just yesterday I had to collect some contraceptive pills from Mpasa Health Center to stock Phalombe Health Center which has completely run out of the pills. Moreover, the stock that I collected is not even enough but will only take the health center for the next three days and run out,” Said Mtembo.
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