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Title:Family Planning and the Malawian Male
Author:Kishindo, Paul
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
Subjects:family planning
Women's Issues
Health and Nutrition
Birth control
Men's role
Population size
Abstract:Malawi's fertility rate is a cause for concern, indicating the need for contraceptive and family planning methods. However, there is a low contraceptive rate among women and a consequent high degree of risk of pregnancy. The consequences of high fertility have a negative effect, both at the family and wider societal levels. It is men who traditionally take key decisions in relation to family size and therefore any successful family planning scheme should be targeted at the male. The article emphasizes that men need to be made aware of the value of family planning in order to encourage their wives to use contraceptive methods. Bibliogr., note, sum.