USAID works with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to strengthen its Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health Program (FP/SRH). Building on a historic partnership, USAID and the MOH are implementing the National Sexual Reproductive Health Strategy to increase contraceptive coverage rates from 42% to 60% by 2020. USAID also collaborates with development partners and civil society to address rapid population growth, which remains a significant development challenge in Malawi.
The Malawi Demographic and Health Survey shows that the Modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (MCPR) improved from 28% in 2004 to 42% in 2010. Although this is a significant increase, the rate must continue to grow in order to meet the goal of 60% by 2020.
USAID encourages voluntary, comprehensive, and efficient programming of resources that expand contraceptive options and provide high-quality, sustainable FP/RH services. In recent years, USAID has emphasized increasing youth access to FP services; policy development; expanding service delivery; improving the mix of contraception options; and developing comprehensive communications messages.
USAID FP/RH activities strengthen the health system to deliver quality family planning services equitably, efficiently, and in a coordinated manner. USAID collaborates with both private and public sector partners to expand access to quality services at clinics and within communities. USAID accomplishes this by training service providers, improving supervision of services, and providing contraceptives.
In FY 20I3, USAID facilitated advocacy with the National Assembly Parliamentary Health Committee. This resulted in the creation of a national budget line item for family planning commodities for the first time in Malawi’s history. In addition, service delivery was significantly improved in 223 sites that offered at least three modern contraception methods or referral services. In total, 231 sites offer FP counseling and/or commodities. USAID funded 943,179 counseling sessions and provided couples with a total of 1,286,816 years of protection against unwanted pregnancy.
Family planning is essential for Malawi’s sustainable future.
Funding (FY 2013)
- Ministry of Health
- Abt Associates
- John Snow, Inc.
- Population Services International
- BAYER CSI
- Futures Group
- Population Reference Bureau
- Banja la Mtsogolo
Last updated: July 14, 2014