Malawi to adopt China’s one child policy

Malawi Population

At a time when Malawi’s population keeps rising- now at 17.7 Million, the government is pondering on enforcing the adoption China’s famous one child policy if the current population trend continues, sources have indicated.

Sources say the government has incessantly been warned by the international community and several other humanitarian organizations working in Malawi about the dangers of the continued boom in the country’s population.

Malawi Population
Malawi Population on the rise. (Image credit: Dawin Meckel)

This has made government contemplate the idea of adopting China’s flagship one child policy, which stands out among core means of reducing population boom in the world.

Government has however not come out in the open on this matter.

In Malawi,  there currently is no policy on child birth with most couples averaging around four children in recent years which is a slight decrease from the early 90s.

In January this year, the United States of America (USA) population expert had said that Malawi’s current population will hit a 40 Million record of people by 2040 if the current trend of child-birth is not urgently checked.

On Monday, Malawi joined other nations in commemorating the World Population Day.

Goodall Gondwe
Gondwe says the rates are alarming.

Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Goodall Gondwe argued for the need of re-enforcement of tight family planning methods that would stop the trend.

“We have more people to feed and income per capita is expected to be reduced,” Gondwe said.

According to Country metres website, as of 1 January 2016, the population of Malawi was estimated to be 17.7 million people.

This is an increase of 2.76 % compared to population of 17.2 million the year before. In 2015 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 476,942.

The sex ratio of the total population was 1.002 (1002 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio.

The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1016 males to 1000 females as of 2015.

Below are the key figures for Malawi population in 2015:

  • 705,142 live births
  • 228,200 deaths
  • Natural increase (Difference between deaths and live births): 476,942 people
  • Net migration: 0 people
  • 8,880,146 males as of 31 December 2015
  • 8,858,532 females as of 31 December 2015

The one-child policy, a part of the family planning policy, was a population planning policy of China. It was introduced between 1978 and 1980 and began to be formally phased out in 2015. The policy allowed many exceptions and ethnic minorities were exempt. In 2007, 36% of China’s population was subject to a strict one-child restriction, with an additional 53% being allowed to have a second child if the first child was a girl.

According to the Chinese government, 400 million births were prevented.



  1. Wow! dats gud.
    but there is a nid 4 our #GVT 2 sence~tyz fanz kuma rulal areaz about its advantage #bho_bho oda waiz #mmmm mukuyada kale paja amalawi amati ana ndichuma komaso sangalole kutsutsana ndimalemba

  2. Mmmm mudziika adzilonda mzipindamu??
    Mapeto a zimenezoo mulimbikitsa zibwenzi coz ambir sadzilolera mwana mmodzi and adzifuna kukabereka wachiwri kwa munthu wina… mapeto akenso zithandizira kufalitsa matenda .
    Sometimes mudziyamba mwapanga consult dziko before kupanga enforce zanuzo…
    Secondly, kumaona positive/negative impact yomwe izi zingabweretse ku dziko.
    Makolo anu akadayika lamulo limenero mbuyomo nde kuti bwenzi inu kulibetuu…. Hisaaaaa!!!!

  3. This picture hopefully was taken from vanimali building, though old but the place looks the same as of now, but this is almost centre of BT city, hey authorities do something to develop the BT city, those buildings should be demolished at all cost. Thats my opinion anyway though its out of subject of the article..

  4. Hahaha! dis z xo funny, so yuh min iman mst hv one child? Nde azicheza ndindani akakhala yekha? ofunika kam’bale kake aziuzana nzelu. Dnt adopt thingz frm china paja zinthu zawo nzosamba

  5. zimenezo inu ndibanja lanu osati dziko lonse,kodi getu simunamuphulitsebe?ngati zikuvuta fisi ndilipo ine ndi 1day zatheka ndipo amakhala mapasa

  6. Makolo oipa ife, tabelekana ngati mphembezu pano dzidzukulu zathu tikufuna zidzibeleka ngati mikango, mwana m’modzi. akapita ndi cholera ndiye kuti ulibe mwana.beautify malawi kaye kuti anawo adzikula

  7. That law works in a country where everything is on the ground. There no any entertainment places here except in the bedroom,so that policy suites China not Malawi.We just need civic education so that childrens’ births must not be by accident but by choice

  8. That law works in a country where everything is on the ground. There no any entertainment places here except in the bedroom,so that policy suites China not Malawi.We just need civic education so that childrens’ births must not be by accident but by choice

    1. But I am not saying let the people have as many kids as possible,have a family that you will be able to look after.We don’t have social grants as they do in SouthAfrica so be responsible kids producers.

  9. Palibe chamdzeru kuchulukana kwake kuti anthu mmene tikuferamu, olo ku china mukunenako anthu ndiochulukanabe koma dzikolo ndiolemerabe kwabasi, Kungoti boma la malawi likukanika kusamala anthu ake basi osati zimenedzo. Umbava ndiumene wakula m’boma .

  10. One child only!? Then what will happen tothe rest that would have been born???? I am sure abortionists would be rich this that time around? The beggining of components of the New World Order. I am one of the luickiest ones, I have them allover. 17.7 million excluding the uncounted ones.

  11. china is china…… is mw……………….yu cant comprae china and ma;lawi in as far as child bearing is concerned,,,,,,,,mpake kul;i imfa ka to control de pop……..after all children are for security…..if yu neva knew…………….ohohoh

  12. Za zii. Inu mwaberekaberaka 5, enanu mpaka 9 nde ife mutipondeleze? Mwagwa nayo. This is not China. Instead of fighting Cashgate you are wasting time trying to bring laws that will control peoples bedrooms as if they come to eat with you the stolen money. To hell with this. Find ways to bring back the stolen money and not this nonsense.

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