Malawi is one of the fastest-growing countries in Africa. Its population has more than tripled over the last 40 years, from four million in 1968 to nearly 15 million in 2011. Less than half of all married women use any method of family planning and many more want to use family planning, with 26 percent state they have unmet need.
With the new National Population Policy poised for adoption and the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy forthcoming, the Government of Malawi is strengthening its efforts to expand family planning services, particularly at the community level. Over time, investments in family planning will lead to slower population growth and less strain on resources, thereby enabling the government to devote more funds to provide primary education, an improved public health system, and more employment opportunities.
To ensure that access to high-quality family planning services remains a key issue for policymakers and providers, the Health Policy Project (HPP) is mobilizing the commitment to strengthen family planning services. HPP supports the Ministry of Finance, Development and Planning and other groups by improving the capacity of local partners to raise awareness about the effects of rapid population growth on development. Such capacity building aims to help public health stakeholders, including national policymakers, to better advocate for expanding family planning and reproductive health services to improve the health and well-being of all Malawians.
HPP provides technical assistance to the demographic unit at the University of Malawi and the National Statistics Office (NSO) in developing and using the RAPID software model as an advocacy tool to increase commitment to expanding family planning services. HPP activities also build the capacity of the Family Planning Association of Malawi to update the RAPID model with new data from the Malawi Demographic Health Survey and conduct advocacy initiatives at the district level.
HPP is collaborating with partners to identify current family planning and reproductive health advocacy activities to serve as a baseline or starting point for developing a broader strategic communications plan. HPP also supports the Population Unit at the Ministry of Finance, Development and Planning to strengthen its linkages with population and development partners, including the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the NSO, and others. In addition, HPP serves as coordinator of other USAID-funded population and family planning advocacy activities in Malawi, ensuring harmonization with relevant ministries and other related programs.
HPP collaborates with a range of in-country and international partners in Malawi, including:
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