Tanzania's President John Magufuli has advised women his country to stop taking birth control pills. He said the reason was because Tanzania needed more people and the country was now wealthy enough to feed and educate many children. President Magufuli said: "Women can now give contraceptive methods." He supported his argument citing the example European countries that he says are struggling to find enough workers because people use different methods birth control. He told reporters: "I have traveled to Europe and I have seen the effects birth control. some countries they are now struggling a declining population. They have no labor force."
President Magufuli accused those using birth control laziness. He said: "Those going family planning are lazy. They are afraid they will not be able to feed their children. They do not want to work hard to feed a large family and that is why they opt birth control and end with one or two children only." He added: "You have cattle. You are big farmers. You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control? I see no reason to control births Tanzania". One politician pointed the fact that Tanzania does not help large families. He said: "Our health insurance schemes can only accommodate a maximum four children one family."