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Title:Family Planning and the Malawian Male
Author:Kishindo, Paul
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:family planning
Health and Nutrition
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
External link:https://njas.fi/njas/article/view/682/505
Abstract:In 1982 the Malawi government approved the introduction of the National Child Spacing Programme as part of an overall Maternal and Child Health Programme. The central goal of the Programme is to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality by lengthening birth intervals, thereby promoting the health of mothers and children. The lengthened birth intervals are supposed to reduce the number of children born to a woman, which in turn means smaller families. This paper argues that the success of family planning in Malawi will largely depend on the active involvement of men because it is husbands and brothers who ultimately control women's fertility. The 'Man to Man' campaign mounted in Blantyre and Zomba by the health NGO Banja La Mtsogolo (BLM) is a step in the right direction, i.e. creating awareness among men about their responsibility in family planning. In the rural areas, where various types of extension programme already exist, family planning messages could be integrated into these programmes. Bibliogr., note.