Zambians having fewer children

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The Zambia All Parties Parliamentarians on Population and Development-ZAPAD-says the country’s fertility trends in urban areas have gone down from 7 children per family in 1970 to 5 children per family as of 2013.

The trend has remained constant in rural areas because people have not fully internalised family planning.

ZAPAD Chairperson Jonas Chanda disclosed this on arrival in New Delhi, India.

Dr Chanda is in India to attend a three-day conference dubbed “enhancing the role of Parliamentarians in the interlinkage between population issues and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development part 3.”

Dr. Chanda, who is also Parliamentary Committee on Health Chairperson, says Zambia has put in place measures to benefit from the population dividends through investment in health, education and employment.

The Bwana Mkubwa Lawmaker said Parliamentarians are lobbying for aggressive actions on family planning because it is both a health and a development issue.

Dr. Chanda said the Parliamentarians want to join hands in working with Government to decentralise policies on family planning because the dependence ratio on the well to do is very high.He also said it is sad that 16000 girls, on average, drop out of school every year due to early pregnancies.

Dr. Chanda said ZAPAD is advocating that Government implements policies which are already in place to curb pregnancies related to school drop outs.This is contained in a statement made available by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in New Delhi, India, Bangwe Naviley.

[ZNBC]

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    Population control is a scheme by the west to keep Africa from becoming powerful.We all know the West and Far East have aging populations.Look at Japan ( more old people than young people such that it’s an economic crisis because they do not have the productive age group) the same thing happening to China that even changed its one child policy.Dr.Chanda be careful how you promote these things .Have you assessed the impact it will have on Zambia in 50 years time? Leave our rural women to keep producing Zambians ,us urban women have already blundered.

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      5 children per couple in this impoverished economy is still too much. No wonder the stunting rate is 50% off all children 5 yrs and below in Zambia, one of the highest in the world. Malnutrition is rife, school dropout rate is high, health services are inadequate and unemployment is too high. Why would one even want children and 5 of them in this environment?

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      This is good news. I am the 4th in a family of 12 from parents who had no plans for the future, it has been hard to eradicate poverty from our family because out of the 12 only 5 are education, the rest fitekwa!

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      “Population control is a scheme by the west to keep Africa from becoming powerful.” Powerful economically or powerful by marely outnumbering the other races?

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      @Nubian Princess don’t crack my ribs this early in the day!
      AND are you sure its 5 not 4? your grammar is letting you down!

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    I can always count on lindiwe for an insightful view of things. This is another useless PhD preaching population control and family planning things when they have no clue where all these things started from. Does he know about margaret sanger and the eugenics population control tool instituted by these NAZI recaists. but of course so long as he is given that title as ba Dr.So and so he is content and will regurgitate their nonsense. what he has failed to do is ground the research and its impact on zambia. uluse ine these poor africans. problem is that we are not reading. we are just watching, desperate housewives and empire chapwa.

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    Why have a lot of kids when you cannot treat, love and care for them right. Most parents dont know how to
    respect their kids, and as a result they grow up dis-respecting themselves and others. Evil of the highest order. 2 Children per couple should be the new law.

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    He is in India to help them stop overpopulating the earth. China and India are the only two places that need to use birth control.

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    nubian princess i can see muchimutwe tamuli amano…….be proud of where you come from not shun them,infact you are a waste of good sperm.

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    The best way is to come up with policies on child bearing , pipo like MULIOKELA should just have one or two children whilst great KALU ALLOWED AS MANY AS HIS NTWENO CAN GO, HH THE SAME , RULE BE THAT THE WOMAN AT HOME GIVE HER ONLY 3 OR 4 THE REST COME FROM MUMBALI DIFFERENT WOMEN BUT MAKING SURE NO WOMAN GETS MORE THAN 3 FROM WELL ELITE PEOPLE LIKE KAVINDELE, ECL, KAMBWILI MUMBI PHIRI ETC

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    We black want to have sex day in and day out. All we do is think about sex and polygamy.
    Children need attention and care, they need provisions and space.
    Make children you can look after very well and stop expecting other people to help with your responsibilities.

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    Ndeloleshafye…….!!!!!Another experiment why why why?????Population yaku India bababanga? Talk of DRC,NIGERIA,KENYA…… and muno mu Zambia we are maybe 15,000,000 tuletina ukufula napapa sana.

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    All properly developing and developed countries in Africa and the world over have large populations. Its simple genetics, the more the numbers, the more better brains you get.. Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, Singapore, Japan, China, Brazil and even North Korea…, what are the populations like..? And then you Zambians at 15 million at nyo nyo nyo. All of us Zambians can live and feed well in Lagos, Nigeria, where they are 16 million with no complaints..

    The more Zambians we get, the quicker we develop. Otherwise..? Then keep watching the few politicians spend your money..

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    Pipo, pipo, it is I beg to differ on the point of the number of children determining the capacity to care and educate. Dedication and love to raising them up matters most!
    I am the 11th born child of the father who was a simple miner. He later became a peasant farmer on his retirement from the Mines. My mother was full-time house wife. Between my parents and our four eldest siblings, the rest of the family has been well educated. I am the last one to obtain my first Degree at CBU of the whole ‘clan’ as we fondly call our selves.
    At first we were laughed at by some neighbours, but we are now the enny of the same lot.

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    I beg to differ. We do not just declare the side babies we are having with side chicks. Just see how many children unmarried women are having with different babydaddies. We still vyala the sane, just spread them out all over the country.

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    Ubunga bapima namenshi iam also complaining about these pipo having kids without planing luking after 4 of my sister and brother also luking for on other 3 she is pregnant again

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