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January 31, 2010

RWANDA FAMILIES LEARN ABOUT POPULATION GROWTH

All Africa, Rwanda - Local leaders at grass-roots level are championing the family planning drive given the threats posed by the country's fast growing population. . .

The gathering of over 70 residents, young and old, male and female, then keenly listened as Dr. Ezechias Rwabuhihi, an area resident, who is also a former Health Minister and legislator expounded on the threats posed by a large family and, consequently a large population to a small comparatively poor economy.

"A family should, surely, have children it is able to properly look after - feed, educate, cloth, and provide many others basics for," Rwabuhihi told the attentive audience.

"Unlike our forefathers, it is time we bring to an end the misguided conceptions that we can only give birth to children and then leave them to God's care.". . .

Describing an alarming population state of affairs in the most unambiguous terms, Rwabuhihi told Intwari residents how the country's population has exploded from one million to, currently, averagely over 10 million in just a few decades.

He noted, Rwanda's wealth moves up unproportionally slowly and the land size too, does not increase at all.

The residents seemed to take all this in and agreed that the village's women, including girls above 18 years should participate in a related but special female only session . . .

The average fertility rate drop of 5.5 children per woman from 6.1 in 2005, however encouraging, analysts state, still remains a massive burden to the economy and if it continues unchecked, could be ruinous.

Instead of forcibly limiting couples to no more than three children, Government has opted to sensitize Rwandans to control the size of their families.

Two children per family are considered as ideal.


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