Family planning: Ugandan president’s change of heart

August 1, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

Family planning: Ugandan president’s change of heart 


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has scored an impressive first, as for the first time, since coming into power almost 30 years ago, he has lent support to family planning efforts, as the country’s rising population raises concerns.

Museveni, a fervent defender of high population as a key economic driver, attributing China’s success to its human capital, conceded that massive numbers supported by poor quality education will not transform the economy.

“Although I advocate for a big population, I have realised that a poor quality population cannot transform the country,” he told delegates to the country’s first ever national family planning conference on Monday.

Uganda’s current growth rate is estimated at 3.1 per cent, against a 1.2 per cent world average, with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics saying unmet needs for family stands at 34 per cent.

“It is imperative that parents have children they can afford to look after, so that they don’t grow like wild plants,” Museveni said.


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