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Malawi - Population sector review (English)

Malawi is one of the most densely populated countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The population has increased from 4.04 million in 1966 to an estimated 7.15 million in 1985. The present growth rate is estimated to be 3.2 percent per annum. Rapid growth of population is inevitable over the next few decades. Under any plausible assumption of fertility trends the population will increase by roughly 50 to 70 percent over the next 30 years. If fertility does not fall, the rate of population growth will have climbed to 4 percent by 2010-2015 implying a doubling of the population within 17 years. Slowing population growth is needed urgently if most or all of the gains in economic growth and social welfare are not to be threatened. A multi-sectoral population program is recommended, with particular emphasis on the expansion of the availability of child spacing services and the introduction of information and educational programs.

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Malawi - Population sector review (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/104221468045018651/Malawi-Population-sector-review