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Malawi-Woman-Beth Robinson

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The Population of Malawi is projected to nearly triple from 13.1 million (2008) to 38 million by 2040. Such a large increase in population will present enormous barriers to the country’s social and economic development. Managing population growth is essential to creating a healthy and economically sustainable future for Malawi.

The Population and Development Unit (PDU) of the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development (MoFEPD) is mandated to coordinate population and development issues in Malawi. The PDU in collaboration with the national TWG on communication and advocacy for population and development:

    • Encourage all sectors to take responsibility for population management
    • Work to coordinate sectoral activities to manage population growth and strengthen overall efforts
    • Raise public awareness of population issues and strengthen advocacy efforts
    • Engage with stakeholders at all levels to change policy, attitudes, and behaviour
    • Work to increase understanding of the important linkages between population and development

In order to achieve these, the PDU in collaboration with TWG are guided by the National Population Policy and National Communication and Advocacy Strategy for Population and Development (2012-2016)

This website aims to raise the profile of the population agenda and development issues in Malawi. It is a resource centre for TWG members to share communication and advocacy materials on population and development including family planning.

TWG members are encouraged to share materials and information for the website. Managing population is everybody’s responsibility. Let’s join hands to contribute to achieving a healthy wealthy Malawi!

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