The Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) in conjunction with the European Parliamentary Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Rights (EPF) is this morning having a discussion with some committees of the Malawi Parliament on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
The meeting has drawn members from the Heath Committee of Parliament, the Women Caucus of Parliament, the Social Welfare Committee of Parliament and the Population and Sustainable Development Caucus of Parliament.
The discussion centres on the role of legislators in advancing SRHR across the country in light of the population boom the nation is experiencing.
In his address, Chairperson for the Parliamentary Caucus on Population and Sustainable Development, Abel Kayembe, highlighted key strides Parliament has championed to enhance the well-being of all Malawians in SRHR. He also said the drive for awareness of SRHR in rural areas requires close collaboration with traditional leaders.
The visiting Parliamentarians will have meetings and field visits to appreciate how SRHR interventions are being implemented in Malawi.
According to Kayembe, in Dowa only, on average, 1500 children are born monthly which is triggering pressure on socio-economic development.
Reported by McDonald Chiwayula.