The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Ministry of Finance and Development Planning
Primary Language: English
This presentation aims to raise awareness about the impact of rapid population growth on Malawi’s development. It includes projections of population growth from 2008 to 2040 based on two hypothetical population scenarios. One scenario assumes that women in Malawi will continue to have 5.7 children on average during their lifetime, while the other scenario assumes a gradual decline in fertility to three children per woman. The first scenario with continued high fertility shows the population growing from about 13 million people in 2008 to 38 million people in 2040. By contrast, the second scenario with lower fertility shows an increase from about 13 million people to 30 million. By 2040, Malawi would have over 8 million fewer people if women were to have three children instead of nearly six.
These projections demonstrate the impact that rapid population growth can have on various sectors, such as education, health, agriculture and food security, environment and land use, and the labour force and employment.