Population Reference Bureau (PRB) says journalists have a role to play in promoting family planning in the country.
PRB national coordinator Sandra Mapemba said this in Lilongwe on Monday during a three-day training and media tour for 16 journalists.
“The country’s population is increasing and this is putting a lot of pressure on resources such as schools and health facilities. For these problems to be overcome there is need for Malawians to join hands and accept that family planning is the best way to control population.
“Therefore, it is important for journalists to have full knowledge of family planning and population issues so that they can easily enlighten people out there.”
Coordinator of the media tour, media practitioner Peter Jegwa Kumwenda, who is also national coordinator of Free Expression Institute, said it is important for journalists to familiarise themselves with effects of high population.
“One of the negative effects of high population is migration of people from rural to urban areas. However, for many people, life in these urban slums is not as easy as they expected. There is lack of adequate land to build houses among many challenges,” he said.