Rapid population growth impedes economic growth – Kaseba

FIRST lady Christine Kaseba says family planning reduces fertility and can help to relieve the pressure that a rapidly growing population places on the economic, social, and natural resources.

During the launch of the family planning campaign in Lusaka yesterday, Dr Kaseba said low fertility could reduce pressure on Zambia’s fragile economy and could facilitate opportunities for economic development.

“Rapid population growth impedes economic growth and makes it more difficult to achieve improvements in education, health, and environmental quality. As a country, we have made great strides in achieving universal access to primary education, reducing and stabilising new HIV infections, and controlling malaria but our progress in reducing child and maternal deaths, poverty and hunger has been very slow and we are unlikely to reach the set targets.