Authorities have expressed concerns over rapid population growth saying it is one of the factors which is putting pressure in the provision of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) interventions.
Savel Kafwafwa, Chairperson of Social and Community Service Committee of Parliament made the sentiments in Lilongwe during a meeting with deligation from European parliamentarians who are in the country appreciating some of the interventions which Malawi is implementing in regards to SRHR.
Kafwafwa cited that, for instance in Dedza district that 1,500 babies are born in a month which is also putting pressure on social services.
Executive Director of Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM), Donald Makwakwa believes that the interface which Malawian parliamentarian had with there counterparts from Europe is fruitful and that they have shared and learn different ideas from each other on issues concerning SRHR.
“As an Executive Director at FPAM am very much excited to observe deliberations which the visiting parliamentarians had with there Malawian counterpart on issues of SRHR. You agree with me the burden of care that is here and for us organizing this study tour is to allow parliamentarians from European countries to appreciate how the goverment of Malawi is doing on these issues and I believe after this they will be able to go in there respective parliaments and lobby on how they can support Malawi as a country in addressing issues to do with health sector,” he said.
Leader of deligation from European parliamentarian Laurence Zanchetta said there is need to control our political and religion aspects as the country strives to educate girls and boys inorder to improve issues of SRHR.
The team comprising of parliamentarians from Denmark, Portugal, Ireland as well as Romenia will be in the country on a one week study tour to appreciate different interventions Malawi government is doing regarding to SRHR.