Dar es Salaam, March 13 -- DAR ES SALAAM: TANZANIAS population will double every 23 years to put immense pressure on education, healthcare and food if the current high birth rate continues, the World Bank cautions in its latest report.

However, the government has assured that it is setting strategies to turn the raising population into opportunities, including implementing measures to support the youth and rural population to be more productive.

The report, Tanzania Economic Update launched in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, indicates that Tanzania has managed to lower mortality rates and raise life expectancy but it contends with high birth rates leading to high rates of population growth at 3.0 per cent.

According to the report, the curren...